Clarksburg WV

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With inclement winter weather approaching take a look at these winter weather precautions

 

 

To prepare for winter weather you should do the following:

  • Utilize environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.
  • Maintenance your main heating source and get a secondary sufficient heating source. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off.
  • Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a vehicle emergency supplies kit in your vehicle.

A vehicle emergency supplies kit with the following items is recommended in vehicles:

  • Cellphone or two-way radio
  • Windshield ice scraper
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Tow chain
  • Traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter)
  • Emergency flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Snacks/ nonperishable foods
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets, change of clothes, gloves, boots
  • Whistle to signal for help

During Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
  • Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

Reporting power outages:

Report your outage. They may not know that your power is out.

Call toll-free, 24-hour Outage Reporting Line, 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), or

Report your outage online here https://www.firstenergycorp.com/outages_help/Report_Power_Outages.html , or

Report your outage via text message. Text REG to 544487 (LIGHTS) to get started.