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Keep Your Home Warm and Safe During the Winter

Sara Croymans and Lori Hendrickson, Extension Educators — Family Resiliency

December 2012; revised October 2016 by Lori Hendrickson.

English | español

As we think about winter weather, we think about increased utility costs, but we may need to consider additional measures to stay warm and safe at home. Staying warm can be much more challenging if the heat goes out in your home. Community resources may be available to help those who need assistance heating their home.

Keep Warm and Reduce Costs

Both homeowners and renters can save on heating costs and help keep their homes warm by taking simple steps.

For more information, see:

Stay Safe during Winter Storms

Winter storms are considered a natural disaster. They can have a devastating effect on families and their homes. Here are some things to be aware of:

Reduce the probability of becoming a fire casualty by identifying potential hazards and following the safety tips outlined in U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA’s Winter Storm Fire Safety (42 K PDF).

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program, funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, helps pay home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. Both renters and homeowners are eligible for the program based on income, household size, fuel type, and usage. Learn more about the Energy Assistance Program on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.


Center for Disease Control (2014). Winter Weather Checklists. (2014). Winter Storms and Extreme Cold.

Related resources

Maintaining a healthy home — A little home maintenance can help keep you healthy. English | español

Staying safe this winter — How to dress for snow and cold temperatures, avoid slips and falls, and stay safe while you travel. English | español

Winter impacts — Online resources for protecting your home and property from winter damage.

Tips for Surviving Severe Cold WeatherInsurance Information Institute — Tips and steps you can take to keep your home safe and make insurance losses less likely during extended severe weather.

Home Energy Squad — Center for Energy and Environment — If you are in the metro area, schedule a visit with the Home Energy Squad. They will help you understand your home's energy use and save money on your utility bills.

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