13,500 PA Homes Still Without Safe Heating Source This Winter


A pipeline moves natural gas through the Mid-Atlantic region during frigid winter months when many homes rely on gas for heat. This winter in Pennsylvania, more than 13,000 households lack a safe home heating source.

As Pennsylvania moves into the latter part of winter, 13,500 households that started the season without a safe source of heat still don’t have one.

Data released Wednesday by Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission shows there are fewer homes without a utility heating service this winter compared to last year. But when money’s tight, many families still turn to heating sources that pose fire risks.

“Typically when you’re looking at a home that’s using unsafe heat, it would be using things like fireplaces and space heaters in lieu of their central heating systems,” said Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, a spokesperson for the commission.

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