In anticipation of coming cold weather, Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order on Thursday, December 28, 2017 to help maintain the supply of home heating fuels like propane across North Carolina.
“Freezing temperatures could cause rising prices and transportation challenges for propane and other fuels that keep homes warm,” Governor Cooper said. “I’m taking action today to make it easier to get heating fuels into North Carolina for those who need it.”
Restrictions Lifted to Keep Home Heating Fuels Flowing to NC
By signing Executive Order No. 30, the Governor declared a state of emergency — temporarily waiving the cap on maximum hours of service restrictions for fuel vehicles traveling in and through North Carolina.
Several additional states along the east coast are requesting similar waivers on hours of service restrictions.
The executive order will help propane and heating fuels move in and through the state more easily and quickly in response to delivery problems that could be caused by freezing temperatures in North Carolina and in the Northeast and Midwest. The order will also help meet continued demand for heating fuels.
According to the North Carolina Propane Gas Association, North Carolina is the third largest user of propane in the country.
Price Gouging Law Now in Effect Statewide
The executive order has also put North Carolina’s price gouging law into effect statewide for the next 30 days or for the duration of the emergency, whichever is less. The price gouging law prohibits overcharging in a time of crisis.
North Carolinians who spot potential gas price gouging may report it to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office at ncdoj.gov or 1.877.5.NO.SCAM.
When It’s Cold Outside
NC Emergency Management shared the following tips for staying warm through the cold weather:
- Only burn wood for heat. Never use grills, camping stoves, or generators indoors.
- Keep holiday decorations and other items away from heaters.
- Check your home’s smoke detectors and keep a working fire extinguisher.
- Wear extra layers of clothing.
Additional winter safety tips can be found online at readync.org.
Source: Ford Porter, NC Office of The Governor