CA Wildfires & Planned Power Outages
To help control the risk of wildfires in Northern California PG&E has planned power shutoffs when there are gusty winds and dry conditions. If you have been notified that your home will be affected by a planned electric outage here are some steps you can take to reduce the impact of the outage.
- Keep important phone numbers in a convenient location in case you need emergency or other assistance.
- Have a back-up plan to maintain life-support equipment if you have it.
- Keep a cell phone or hard-wired telephone on hand.
- Keep a flashlight with extra batteries in a convenient place.
- Turn off heat-producing appliances such as stoves, ovens, and irons prior to the outage.
- Protect sensitive electronic equipment by unplugging them.
- Make sure you can manually open your garage door if it is automated.
- Make sure food stays cold by keeping your refrigerator doors closed.
- Notify your alarm company as the equipment can be affected by outages.
- Keep on hand perishable foods that don’t require cooking.
- Inform PG&E if you have a generator.
It can be an inconvenience to be without power for days at a time but with proper planning you can ease some of the impact on you and your family.