South San Francisco, CA August 15, 2020
As California experiences an extreme heatwave, PGE once again warns of rolling blackouts and power outages throughout the State. Currently, South City is not on the list for rolling blackouts yet we know that power outages can happen nonetheless and it’s important we are prepared. Now is the time to be sure all your devices are fully charged and you have flashlights – and batteries, if needed.
If you do experience an outage be sure this has been reported to PGE, oftentimes neighbors think someone else has reported it when no one had. Call and use this map to see where outages are located, the estimated number of customers that have been impacted, and the estimated time to be back online. CLICK HERE FOR MAP
24-hour Power Outage Information Center
FROM PGE: Statewide Heatwave Continues, PG&E Encourages Customers to Conserve Energy thru Wed. – Rotating Power Outages Possible Saturday Night from 5-10 PM – California Grid Operator Monitoring Statewide Energy Usage https://www.pgecurrents.com/2020/08/15/as-statewide-heatwave-continues-pge-encourages-customers-to-conserve-energy-through-wednesday-night/
Some neighbors have stocked up on food to reduce the number of times they must go to the grocery store, thereby limiting their exposure to COVID-19. Here is some information on food storage when a power outage occurs, offered by the Federal Government, see resource list below. Of course, our food will stay colder longer when we don’t open the refrigerator continually!
San Mateo County Alert System has also warned us of high winds which maybe knock down power lines. Here are some important reminders should you happen upon one:
Downed power line safety tips
What to do if you see a downed power line:
Never, ever touch a downed power line or go near one. Power lines are not insulated like power cords. Always assume the power line is live.
- Don’t touch a downed power line or other equipment.
- Don’t touch anything or anyone in contact with a downed power line.
- Keep children and pets away from a downed power line.
- Don’t drive over a downed power line.
Leave the area immediately. Call 9-1-1 first, and then PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.