LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally-funded program that helps qualified households with their home energy bills. LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can also help reduce the risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire, or eviction).
How do I get started?
Take a look at the chart below to review income guidelines to see if you qualify for assistance.
Think layers! Make sure their head, neck and hands are covered. Dress them in one more layer than an adult would wear.
Check in on warmth. Tell children to come inside if they get wet or cold. Then keep watching them and checking in.
Watch for danger signs. Signs of frostbite are pale, grey or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you think your child has frostbite bring the child indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot) water.
Teach technique. It takes time to master fun winter activities like sledding, so make sure children know how to do the activity safely.
Get equipped. Children should always wear helmets when snowboarding, skiing, sledding or playing ice hockey. Any sports equipment should be professionally fitted.
Prevent nosebleeds. If your child suffers from minor winter nosebleeds, use a cold air humidifier in their room. Saline nose drops can help keep their nose moist.
Keep them hydrated. In winter air kids lose more water through their breath. Keep them drinking and try giving them warm drinks and soup for extra appeal.