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FirstEnergy is urging its customers to begin preparations for sustained sub-zero temperatures and wind chills.

Some common-sense cold weather tips include:

• Make sure your home is properly insulated to preserve heat. Inspect doors and windows and apply caulk or weather-stripping where necessary to keep cold air out. Close drapes, blinds and garage doors to retain heat and keep cold air out.

• Keep extra blankets or sleeping bags for each person inside your home. Dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.

• Use a sturdy fireplace screen when utilizing a fireplace or wood burning stove.

• Never use a gas stove, charcoal grill or lantern intended for outdoor use inside your home as deadly carbon monoxide gas could build up.

• Maintain a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food. Convenience foods that do not require cooking are good to have on hand.

• Avoid frozen pipes by opening faucets and maintaining a constant drip, or wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers.

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