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Home Improvement Stores Hit Hard As Frigid Temperatures Near

As people across the region are preparing for the bitter cold to sink in, local home improvement stores are seeing a lot more business.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - As people across the region are preparing for the bitter cold to sink in, local home improvement stores are seeing a lot more business.

"You hear a lot of concerns about freezing pipes," State College Home Depot Manager, Eric Walker, said.

Walker has had a busy weekend.

"Over the last week, when the first cold snap hit, we definitely saw a lot of kerosene heaters, electric heaters, and one of the things that kicks in as well is humidifiers," he said.

He and his crew at Home Depot say while the cold weather is hitting the region hard, folks in the area are hitting the stores.

"Weather stripping, anything to do with stopping the temperatures from coming in doors, windows, attics, even electrical outlets," Walker said.

He says the best way to heat your home?

"Add some additional heat sources to rooms that may be further away from your main heat source," he said. "Additionally, you can stop the drafts. Really simple things are plastic covering for windows, door drafts that you can put at the base of doors and outlets."

Folks in State College aren't the only ones preparing.

"We have new crews in today and we have some hold overs," Penelec Spokesperson, Scott Surgeoner, said.

Crews at Penelec in Blair County say this time around, it's not snow or ice that will cause a problem. Instead, they say it will be the frigid temperatures.

"Have some bottled water around, keep some food that does not need to be prepared, so canned food, bagged food," Surgeoner said. "Don't forget to call us in the event of any power outage. We'll get out there as quickly as we can and restore that service."

Crews say it's important to be diligent during any upcoming weather events.

Be sure to keep yourself and your pets inside and out of cold temperatures if possible and make sure you wear proper cold weather clothing if you do need to go outside.
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