With this long period of cold temperatures, you should take steps to protect the pipes in your home from freezing.

Here are some steps you can take:

  • Know where and how to shut off your water from the main shut-off valve.
  • Seal air leaks around pipes that allow cold air to seep in.
  • Insulate pipes near outer walls, in crawl spaces, or in attics.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and shut off and drain water from pipes leading outside.
  • Turn your faucet on just enough to have constant dripping.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to circulate around pipes under a sink.
  • Leave your heat on and set no lower than 55 degrees.
  • Close foundation vents. You can reopen them when weather warms.

Also, remember these tips if you are using a space heater in your home:

  • The Electrical Safety Foundation in Virginia says never leave space heaters unattended. Turn it off if you're leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep the heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn like paper, clothing, and rugs.
  • Don't leave space heaters in high traffic areas and doorways where people could trip over them.