Winter is less than a week away.
Members of the public can brace themselves for the colder months by making preparations at home.
Making sure gutters are clear and having an expert check the heating system and furnace are some tips from the Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue (PWCDFR).
Community members may save energy and reduce loss of heat in their homes by adding insulation film on the windows and wrapping the pipes.
Officials also recommend that they make an emergency kit, change the direction of the fans to clockwise, and trim trees located near the building.
Here are a few energy-saving tips from Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC).