As you spend time with friends and family this weekend, temperatures are expected to reach historic lows in your area. It is important to check the weather forecast often and prepare accordingly.
At Georgia Power, we continuously monitor weather conditions and carefully prepare for weather like this. We have plans in place to protect our equipment from freezing temperatures, and invest in our electric grid and generation plants to maintain reliability for our customers. We want you to be prepared, too.
Here are some tips that can help protect you, your home and your business this holiday season.
Prepare for Winter Weather
Have a flashlight, a portable phone charger, and spare batteries on hand in case the power goes out.
Maintain ventilation around fireplaces.
Use space heaters only on level surfaces and keep away from furniture, curtains, water, children and pets.
Never use generators indoors. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions supplied with the generator model.
Disconnect outdoor water hoses and cover outside water fixtures to prevent freezing.
Open the cabinets under your kitchen and bathroom sinks to let warm air circulate around your pipes to prevent freezing.
Save Money & Stay Warm
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower.
Add additional insulation to your attic, including around attic steps.
Add weather stripping around doors and windows.
Ensure your heating system is working efficiently by changing the filter and making sure vents and return air registers are clear and not blocked by furniture or other obstructions.