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

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.
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