78
      Wednesday
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      Thursday
      93 / 73
      Friday
      90 / 75

      What to do if your power goes out

      Keep a flashlight and spare batteries available if the power goes out. (Photo: Flickr/lewong2000)

      With the threat of severe weather looming, there's always the chance of being stuck without power for an undetermined period of time. It's an unpleasant side effect, but one you can get through with the right contacts and preparation.

      Here are a few tips on how to manage a power outage due to weather:

      • Keep bottled water and flashlights on hand.
      • Make sure your cell phone is charged.
      • Try not to use candles if you don't have to. They can pose a fire hazard.
      • Avoid downed power lines near your house or apartment building.
      • Unplug as many home appliances as you can.
      • Try to get your hands on an all-in-one flashlight and radio.
      • If you've got a battery-powered radio, tune in to local weather or news updates for the latest information.

      If your power goes out, you can report outages to your local power company by calling these numbers:

      BGE 1-877-778-2222 Pepco 1-877-737-2662 Dominion 1-866-DOM-HELP SMECO 1-877-747-6326 NOVEC 1-888-335-0500 Potomac Edison

      1-888-544-4877

      As always, you can keep ahead of the storm and get the very latest weather updates on ABC 7 News, on WJLA.com and at the Stormwatch 7 Facebook page.