PG&E offering preparation tips for storms headed to Central Valley

Posted at 10:37 PM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 01:37:48-05

Rain is headed to the Central Valley, and PG&E is preparing for possible power outages due to the significant rainfall.

PG&E urges customers to stay safe during storms and remember these safety tips: 

  • Always treat low hanging and downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. Be aware that trees, pools of water and other objects that may be in contact with power lines. If you see damaged power lines or electrical equipment, call 911 immediately and then notify PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
  • During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lampshades, holiday trees and small children. Do not leave candles unattended. 
  • Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to crews working on power lines. 
  • If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.