Utilities Offer Cold Weather Tips
Some common-sense cold weather tips include:
sure your home is properly insulated to preserve heat. Inspect doors and
windows and apply caulk or weather-stripping where necessary to keep cold air
out. Close drapes, blinds and garage doors to retain heat and keep cold air
extra blankets or sleeping bags for each person inside your home. Dress in
layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
• Use a
sturdy fireplace screen when utilizing a fireplace or wood burning stove.
use a gas stove, charcoal grill or lantern intended for outdoor use inside your
home as deadly carbon monoxide gas could build up.
a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food. Convenience foods that do
not require cooking are good to have on hand.
frozen pipes by opening faucets and maintaining a constant drip, or wrap pipes
in insulation or layers of newspapers.
care when burning candles, especially around children or pets; open flames are
a dangerous fire hazard.
electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablet computers.
a flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries handy in the event a power
use a portable generator inside the house or a closed garage in the event of a
power outage. Ensure the proper generator is selected and installed by a
qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming into the
home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could
be sent back onto the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility
If an outage occurs as a result of the severe
weather, customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their
outage or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com via smartphone. In the event of severe weather,
customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their
local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power
line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity.
For updated information on the company’s current
outages, FirstEnergy’s storm restoration process and tips for staying safe,
visit the 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.
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