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How to prepare for record low temperatures in Washington, DC

Posted on: February 11, 2015

This winter has seen all-time lows in temperatures for the Washington, DC area—with wind chills in the negatives. Needless to say, it’s pretty cold! So what can you do make sure you stay safe, prepared, and most importantly, warm? The experts at James A. Wheat & Sons are here with a few safety tips for these record low temperatures in our area.

1. Schedule a furnace maintenance appointment

One of the most important things you can do is to schedule a furnace maintenance (or other heating source maintenance) appointment for your home. Your furnace is going to be the number one thing keeping your home comfortable—not to mention safe! It’s incredibly important that you make sure it’s up to the task. Our trained and experienced technicians can visit your home and assess your system to ensure it’s prepared for the coldest days of winter.

2. Have emergency supplies on hand

Make sure your home is fully stocked with the following items:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Batteries
  • Candles

In the event that you get snowed in or the power goes out, it’s important to have all of these items readily available.

3. Keep your car stocked

In addition to keeping emergency supplies in your home, you should definitely keep them in your car! It is not uncommon for people in the DC metro area to become trapped on the side of the road during a snowstorm. It’s very important to keep food, water, blankets, a flashlight, and batteries in your car at all times. It would also be a good idea to have road flares, as well.

4. Bundle up when you go outdoors

This weather is nothing to mess around with! When you leave the house, make sure you are properly bundled up—especially your children. Kids are much more susceptible to extreme temperatures (they have a high surface area to mass ratio, which causes them to lose body heat much more quickly than adults). Wear layers, a thick coat, gloves, a scarf, and a warm hat to help stay warm!

Get help if the heat goes out

If you heat goes out during these vicious winter temperatures, call on your local MD, VA, and DC experts at James A. Wheat & Sons. We can get out to your home quickly and repair any issue you’re having with your furnace or other heat source quickly so you can stay comfortable and cozy.

Schedule repairs or maintenance today by contacting us online or by phone at 240-399-5051240-399-5051!