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.