Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office is monitoring complaints regarding propane prices and shortages

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COLUMBUS -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office is monitoring complaints regarding propane prices and shortages.

About 6 percent of Ohioans use propane to heat their homes. Consumers have been told that there is a propane shortage and that any price increases are due to supply and demand.

"We want to assure Ohioans that we will carefully monitor reports of potential price gouging or other unfair business practices related to the extreme cold," DeWine said. "We want all Ohioans to be safe during these frigid days. If you use propane to heat your home, be especially careful. Contact your propane supplier before your tank reaches emergency levels and reach out for help as soon as you need it."

The attorney general's office says consumers who contact the office when their tank is running low will get immediate attention. The office will contact the propane supplier and ask why a fill is delayed.

DeWine's office says consumers should contact suppliers before their tanks reach critical levels because it is taking longer for suppliers to fill them.