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(WLNS) - While mother nature may cause some outages others may soon be in the dark because their utility accounts are in the red.

If you're behind on your bills there's a chance you could lose much more than your power you could also lose your home.

James Cathey says he's behind in his utility bills and from time-to-time he worries he'll be cut off.

"The bills is too high. And we don't even use that much," says Cathey. 

Between November 1 and April 15 state law says most companies can't disconnect a customer for an outstanding bill.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is extending that grace period until next Monday.

But if your water, gas or electricity is shut-off, and you're caught living in your home, you could be shut out.

Reporter: "If they don't have any of those utilities, their homes could be tagged."

Inspector: "Yes, they could.">

Housing officials say it's an issue of safety.

Normally when they start losing their utilities, they come up with creative ways to fill in. They'll use the stove for heat, or they'll put a generator in their basement.

Officials say they don't usually red tag right away and try to get people the help they need to stay connected.

"We're basically out of money for metered utilities. We have money for deliverable fuels," said Ian Love, the executive director of the Capital Area Community Services.

And while money is low, it is there, to help you stay connected.

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