January 6th, 2017
Had a Chance to talk with PG&E's John Lindsey off the air. Here are some Storm Preparedness tips he gave us. CLICK HERE if you'd like to hear the Interview.
Staying prepared for power outages
You can take steps to minimize the safety risks and inconvenience caused by a power outage:
- Keep important phone numbers, such as numbers of hospitals, fire departments, police, friends and relatives in a convenient location in case you need emergency help or other assistance.
- Have a backup plan to maintain any life support equipment.
- Keep a cellphone or hardwired, single-line telephone on hand. Cordless phones don’t work without electricity.
- Keep a flashlight with extra, fresh batteries in a convenient place. Avoid using candles because of the fire risk. If you must light candles, use extreme caution.
- Turn off heat-producing appliances such as ovens, stovetops and irons during an outage. This practice helps eliminate fire hazards that can occur when power is restored.
- Protect sensitive electronic equipment such as televisions and computers with surge suppressors. Unplug any such equipment that is in use when the power goes out.
- Ensure that food stays cold by keeping your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. You can keep the refrigerator cold by placing ice in plastic containers inside it. A full freezer stays colder, longer.
- Keep nonperishable food that doesn't require cooking on hand. Ensure that you have a manual can opener.
- Inform us if you have a generator, and avoid using it unless you’re sure that it was installed safely and correctly. An incorrectly installed generator can damage your property. It can endanger you, and potentially harm our line workers who may be working on nearby power lines. Read about the safe installation of generators. Visit Electric Generator Safety.
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