Southern California Edison Issues Safety Tips for Strong Winds on April 11 & 12, 2022

 

 

Strong and gusty winds are expected throughout Southern and Central California on Monday and Tuesday. These winds can topple trees, damage electrical equipment and cause power outages. When winds are in the forecast, planning and preparing are essential. Please share these tips with your readers/viewers to ensure that they remain safe and prepared.

*Please also note that due to recent precipitation and increased fuel moisture levels, Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) are currently not under consideration in the SCE service area.

Here are some safety tips Southern California Edison recommends for high wind conditions and possible power outages:

  • Check emergency supplies to ensure you have a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and fresh batteries.
  • Secure any temporary structures in your backyard or business, including backyard furniture and tents, as well as patio equipment and covers used in commercial settings.
  • If you see a downed power line, do not touch it or anything in contact with it. Call 911 immediately.
  • Never try to remove a broken tree limb or branch that has come in contact with a power line.
  • Power outages in the area may impact traffic signals, so motorists should use extreme caution and treat all intersections as four-way stops during an outage.
  • If you are in a vehicle with a fallen power line on it, remain calm and stay inside until help arrives. It is okay to use your cellphone to call 911. If you must leave the vehicle, remember to exit away from downed power lines and exit by jumping and landing with both feet together. Do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Proceed away from the vehicle by shuffling and not picking up your feet until you are several yards away.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles to avoid fire hazards in your home or business.
  • If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using a heavy-duty extension cord. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates a “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews. Please consult the manufacturer’s manual for operating the generator.
  • Do not use any equipment inside that is designed for outdoor heating or cooking. Such equipment can emit carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.

Customers may report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911. For information on outages, customers can check sce.com.outages. For more safety tips, visit sce.com/safety.

Thank you

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David Dennison
David Dennison
9 months ago

So…..if I’m reading this correct,in this LONG list of rules and “do’s and don’ts,are they saying we should use flashlights in the house when it’s windy outside in case of fire dangers candles might bring instead of electricity,even if it’s still on ? Here’s a good rule the “authorities” should… Read more »

Robert
Robert
9 months ago

I don’t need SCE to warn me about the weather. Just supply power without burning down entire communities.

Seriously?
Seriously?
9 months ago
Reply to  Robert

I am sure you would be the first to complain about power shutoffs for preventative measures. Try living in an area with either no or unstable power.

Sami
Sami
9 months ago
Reply to  Seriously?

SCE has extensive preventative options that do not involve power shutdowns, but they decline to put them into effect because it would marginally reduce their profits.