- Learn how to safely use alternative heat sources and generators during a power outage: disastersafety.org/disastersafety/build-a-plan-for-a-power-outage.
- An Emergency Preparedness Kit should have three days of food, water, prescription medications and other supplies ready (ready.gov/build-a-kit).
- For current weather conditions during a power outage, consider getting a NOAA Weather Radio.
Winter Storm Harper can bring heavy snow plus high winds. And, that folks, can mean power outages. Here are tips to help you prepare:
The coldest temperatures of the season are here. With the mercury dipping into the teens and single digits, you should be aware of the increased risk for frozen pipes.
While there are long-term measures you can take to prevent frozen pipes in your home, like having proper insulation and sealing any cracks or gaps in your siding or foundation, there are a few small, but helpful, things you should do during extreme cold spells.
What you can do to combat the freeze:
• Keep your thermostat set to a warmer temperature than usual
• Consider opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warm air circulate
• On the coldest days, consider letting a little cold water drip from the faucet
If you think you have a frozen pipe in your home, shut off the main water supply and call a licensed plumber right away. We recommend you avoid thawing a frozen pipe yourself — improper technique could cause the pipe to burst, leading to costly damages to your home.
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