Winter Storm Safety Tips
In preparation for the winter storm expected to affect the Washington, DC area from Fri., Jan. 22 to Sat., Jan 23, we encourage customers to review the following safety information.
CLEANING SNOW FROM YOUR GAS METER
To avoid the possibility of an interruption in gas service, Washington
Gas would like to remind its customers to clear any accumulated snow
from their natural gas meters and regulator vents as well as any
appliance exhausts using hands, a brush or broom.
NEVER use a shovel or other hard object to clear the snow from the gas meter, regulator vents or appliance exhausts.
Should you experience an interruption in gas service, please call Washington Gas Customer Service at (703) 750-1000.
IMPORTANT WINTER SAFETY TIPS:
Tips For Walking Or Traveling In Snowy Or Icy Conditions
- Avoid driving during a winter storm unless it is an emergency. The risk of personal injury and accidents while driving are
increased during snowy and icy weather. Exercise additional caution
while performing work and driving during a winter storm.
- When entering and exiting buildings use handrails and be careful where you step to make sure your footing is secure.
- Wear sturdy shoes that grip in ice and snow.
- Watch for other drivers who may be inexperienced driving in the
snow and take time to drive more slowly, allowing adequate time to stop.
Give yourself at least three times more space than usual between your
car and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Turn on headlights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Keep lights and windshield clean.
- Use low gears to maintain traction, especially on hills.
- Do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
- Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently
traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above
freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady
areas or on exposed bridges and overpasses.
- Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks. Truck drivers have
limited visibility and you are likely to find the road in front of the
truck worse than the road behind the truck.
- Do not assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Four-wheel
and front-wheel drive vehicles also can encounter trouble on winter
ADDITIONAL SAFETY RESOURCES
Ready.gov Winter Storm Checklist
Preparing For the Winter Heating Season
At Washington Gas, safely and reliably meeting the energy needs of our service area is our highest priority. Each year, we help customers prepare for the winter heating season with information about energy efficiency, energy conservation and energy assistance. Take simple steps now to help you and your family manage energy costs better and stay safe, warm and energy-smart when temperatures start to drop.
Safety and Energy Efficiency:
Nearly half of your energy budget is spent on heating and cooling so consider the following:
For safety, comfort and energy efficiency, schedule an appointment to have a qualified, licensed natural gas contractor perform a thorough inspection of your natural gas heating equipment, including the furnace, boiler, water heater, all pilot and burner chambers, venting systems, thermostats and unvented space heaters. Remember that heating contractors get busier as the weather gets cooler, so call today.
Replace your air/furnace filter every month during the heating season to maintain the safe and efficient operation of your heating equipment. Let your natural gas bill be a reminder.
Use the Low or Warm settings on your water heater – never turning it above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will improve efficiency and prevent scalding accidents. If you have an automatic dishwasher and the manufacturer recommends a normal temperature setting for your water heater, ask your plumber about anti-scald devices for shower and sink taps.
Caulk, weather-strip and insulate openings where you think air may infiltrate your home. The most common places where air escapes include doors, attics, windows, plumbing penetrations and electrical outlets.
Taking showers instead of baths, washing full loads of dishes and using cold water for full loads of laundry can help to reduce hot water use.
If you are replacing appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR
label for efficiency ratings. Visit www.energystar.gov
for more information.
If you are having trouble paying your gas bill, click here or call us at 703-750-1000 as soon as possible. Washington Gas can provide you with information about the company's payment programs as well as state and federal government energy assistance programs for eligible customers. The sooner you call and notify us of your situation, the better chance we can help you.
Payment Plans and Services:
Washington Gas offers several payment plans and services to help you manage your time and energy costs. The Automated Payment Plan, Budget Plan, eService Center and Automated Services line work well together or separately.
Pay your gas bill automatically each month through the Automated Payment Plan
. Washington Gas continues to send you a statement each month but, on the due date, the amount of the bill will be deducted electronically from your checking account - no check writing, postage or waiting in line. To enroll, click here
or call 703-750-1000
Customers who qualify can take advantage of the Budget Plan
to spread the cost of fall and winter heating over the entire year and lessen the impact of typically higher winter energy bills. For more information or to enroll, click here
or call 703-750-7944
Enjoy the convenience of free, paperless billing with eBill
. For more details about our eBill
program or to enroll, click here
or call the Automated Services Line at 703-750-7944
Download, Energy Saver Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home
, from the U.S. Department of Energy at www.energy.gov
Go to www.energyhog.org
to learn about energy efficiency through interactive games the entire family can enjoy.