PG&E is proactively shutting off power in parts of several counties due to high fire danger.
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.