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PG&E Power Shutoffs: What to Do During an Outage



    PG&E Power Shutoffs: How to Prepare, What to Do During an Outage

    Kris Sanchez explains what you need to do to prepare for a PG&E power shutoff and what you should do when the lights go out.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019)

    PG&E proactively shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers across Northern and Central California amid heightened fire danger.

    Full details and extended coverage on the power shutoffs can be found here.

    The utility recommends customers take the following steps during a public safety power shutoff:

    • Unplug or turn off your appliances, equipment and electronics to avoid damage caused by surges when the power comes back on.
    • Leave one lamp on so you know when the power has been restored. Once the power is back on, you should turn on your appliances one at a time.
    • Think about putting your cold and frozen food into coolers. A refrigerator typically keeps food cold for roughly four hours if it's kept closed, according to PG&E. A full freezer will keep its temperature for approximately 48 hours as long as it remains closed.
    • If you use generators, camping stoves or charcoal grills, be sure to only use them outdoors.
    • Do not use gas stoves for heat.
    • Keep an eye on your neighbors.
    More power shutoff resources:
    A look at how many PG&E customers are estimated to be impacted during planned power shutoffs in the Bay Area. (Oct. 8, 2019)
    Photo credit: NBC Bay Area

    Areas Affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff

    A planned outage from PG&E is expected to hit roughly 800,000 customers in parts of Northern, Central and coastal California.

    Enter your location in the search bar below to see if you or your area will be affected.

    Data: PG&E
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