Preparing for Winter Storms

Use these helpful tips to be ready when severe weather strikes in winter.

  • Pepco_DSC0090aAssemble an emergency storm kit containing bottled water, non-perishable foods, blankets, flashlights and extra batteries, first-aid kit and prescription medications, special medical or infant supplies, hand tools and other essential items
  • If using a portable generator, always operate it outside and away from doors and windows to prevent deadly carbon monoxide fumes from entering the home
  • Purchase a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector for your home if you plan to use an alternative source of heat – carbon monoxide is not only colorless and odorless, it is deadly
  • Clear snow away from appliance vents located outside your home so your heater, clothes dryer and other appliances will continue to operate safely
  • If your home has a heat pump, clear it of snow to make sure air can circulate properly
  • Remember to take breaks while clearing snow and avoid over exerting yourself
  • When conditions are safe, check on elderly or home-bound neighbors
  • Ensure your contact information is up to date (Have your account number available, call 202-833-7500 and say “update phone number”)

For more safety tips, download and print our Storm Preparation Handbook. Please remember to report outages and downed wires by calling 1-877-737-2662, using the mobile app or by visiting our website.

Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Holiday PhotoFollow the guidelines below to keep your home, family and guests safe this holiday season.

  • Select decorations made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.
  • Inspect electrical decorations before using them and replace any that are damaged.
  • Keep trees (both live and synthetic) at least 3 feet from heating sources – especially fireplaces.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Never use more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Consider using LED lights, which use less energy than incandescent bulbs and emit less heat, making them safer to touch and to use on trees.
  • Keep all extension cords and light strings clear of snow and standing water.
  • If using a ladder to decorate, carry it parallel to the ground to prevent it coming into contact with power lines, and keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet from lines.
  • Turn off all decorations before going to bed or leaving your home.