WASHINGTON – When snow is in the forecast, keep this information handy.
WTOP recommends you print it out ahead of the snow and any possible power outages.
Supplies to have on hand:
Portable radio. If you power goes out, radio will be your lifeline. Pre- set your radios to 103.5 FM. If you live in Virginia south of the Beltway you will also want to pre-set 107.7 FM. And if you live in Frederick, Maryland, pre-set your radio to 103.9 FM. 103.5 FM works just fine everywhere else. Listen to WTOP on the telephone. Call 202-380-9977.
Extra food. Consider some foods that do not require cooking or refrigeration.
Prescription medicines. Fill any you may need ahead of time.
Extra baby supplies — diapers, formula, etc.
Flashlights and extra batteries.
Manual can opener.
Backup heating supply, such as a generator, fireplace or space heater.
Snow shovel and ice scraper.
Around the house:
Charge your cellphone.
Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and flashlights.
If you heat your home with propane or fuel oil, make sure you have enough to last a few days.
Set your thermostat a few degrees lower.
If you use space heaters, keep them 3 feet away from anything that can catch fire, including furniture and bedding.
Refrain from calling 911 or other emergency services unless it is a true emergency or life-threatening condition.
Clear snow away from neighborhood fire hydrants.
Make sure you check on your neighbors who are senior citizens. Are they set with heat and food? Can you help them shovel out.
Make sure the account information on file with your electric utility is correct. Have the number to your utility handy, should the power go out.
Other home tips:
Don’t try to remove tree branches from a power line. Treat fallen wires as if they are energized.
If your home has a heat pump, clear the ice and snow away from the unit so air can circulate properly.
If the power goes out and you use a portable generator, always keep it outside – away from doors and windows – to prevent carbon monoxide fumes from coming inside.
Utilities – Electric and cable
WTOP has gathered a list of utility phone numbers.