As First El Niño-driven Storms Arrive, PG&E Urges Customers to Stay Safe and Be Prepared
The arrival of the new year means that winter storm season has come for
Northern and Central California. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
meteorologists forecast that our weather will be influenced by a very
strong El Niño-effect over the next few months. That means that we’ll
potentially see more and wetter storms.
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And just as PG&E is prepared and has a plan to deal with severe weather,
the company urges our customers to be prepared for wet weather and the
possibility of power outages caused by wind, heavy rain and snow.
Customers are asked to heed these safety and outage-preparation tips:
Always treat low hanging and downed power lines as if they are
energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from
them. Be aware of trees, pools of water and other objects that may be
in contact with power lines. If you see damaged power lines or
electrical equipment, call 911 immediately and then notify PG&E at
If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line, stay
inside. The safest place is in your car. The ground around your car
might be energized. Honk the horn, roll down your window and yell for
help. Warn others to stay away. Anyone who touches the equipment or
ground around the vehicle might be injured. Use your mobile phone to
call 911. Fire department, police and PG&E workers will tell you when
it is safe to get out of the vehicle.
If there is a fire and you have to exit a vehicle that has come in
contact with downed power lines: Remove loose items of clothing.
Keep your hands at your sides and jump clear of the vehicle, so you
are not touching the car when your feet hit the ground. Keep both feet
close together and shuffle away from the vehicle without picking up
During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, not
candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, keep them
away from drapes, lampshades, holiday trees and small children. Do not
leave candles unattended.
If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical
appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards
when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you
when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when
conditions return to normal.
Keep a charged cell phone or hard-wired, single-line telephone
on hand. Cordless phones do not work without electricity. Consider
purchasing a remote charger for your cell phone.
Protect sensitive electronic equipment such as televisions and
computers with surge suppressors. Unplug this equipment if it was in
use when the power went out.
Make sure you can manually (without power) open your automatic
garage door or gate or park your vehicle outside.
Make sure food stays cold by keeping your refrigerator and
freezer doors closed. You can keep the refrigerator cold by placing
ice in plastic containers and keeping them inside. Also, a full
freezer will remain colder longer
Customers with generators should make sure they are properly
installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Inform
PG&E if you have a generator, and do not use it unless you are sure it
was installed safely and correctly. An incorrectly installed generator
can damage your property and endanger you and PG&E's line workers who
might be working on nearby power lines. You'll find information on the
safe installation of generators at www.pge.com/generator.
Avoid driving into standing or flowing water caused by
localized flooding. Hazards can lurk beneath the surface and flowing
water can be extremely dangerous.
For the latest information on power restoration, customers can call
PG&E’s outage information line at 1-800-743-5002. Updates are also
available through a live outage map online at www.pge.com/outages.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco,
with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the
nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com
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(January 7, 2016 - 4:00 PM EST)
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