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KU Offers Winter Heating Advice

With temperatures predicted to drop to the single digits this week, Kentucky Utilities has released a list of tips on how to stay warm during the winter.

Spokesman Cliff Feltham says a big part is ensuring the health of furnaces by regularly replacing filters, as well as filling any holes in a building’s insulation.

“Make sure that you’ve got those gaps filled with either caulking or spray foam or weather stripping or those kinds of things because you can do that in temperatures below 32 degrees and that they’ll take,” he says.

Other suggestions include making sure there is adequate ventilation when operating a generator, as well as assembling an emergency kit filled with flashlights, a battery-powered radio, and medical supplies.  Feltham says preparing for these conditions can help ease the shock.

“Anything that you can do now to get yourself prepared for the furnace not working as hard as it’s going to under those cold weather conditions and anything that you have done is going to be to your advantage," he says.

More information on emergency supplies can be found at ready.gov, while KU customers can report power outages at 800-981-0600.

Chase Cavanaugh first got on the air as a volunteer reader for Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a local news service for the visually impaired. He began reporting for WUKY in February 2012, after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.