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Georgia Power offers tips to prepare for winter freeze

Georgia Power offers tips and resources to help customers stay safe and warm as extreme temperatures grip the state
Friday low temps Credit: NWS Charleston

Extremely cold temperatures are expected throughout north and central Georgia this week. As the region grips for the blast of cold, Georgia Power is prepared to respond across its system.

The company is actively monitoring changing weather conditions. Technicians will be ready to respond to any impacts caused by winter weather, safely and as quickly as possible.

To ensure reliability for its customers, the company takes the following actions:

  • Invests in a diverse energy mix
  • Takes proactive measures to protect generating units
  • Prepares generating units for the high-demand season, including scheduling maintenance activities in lower demand seasons
  • Maintains a robust protection program which addresses all aspects of winter weather operations

Prepare for extreme temperatures

Georgia Power urges customers to be ready for the winter season. Resources to help prepare are available here. Information includes details on building an emergency kit, staying connected, understanding watches vs. warnings.

Tips for customers during the extremely cold weather this week include:

  • 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
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit for your home and vehicle
  • If there is a power outage in your area, visit our Outage and Storm Center to review safety tips, enroll in outage alerts and more. 

Save money and energy during cold weather by following these suggestions:

  • 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

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