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Jul 15

Plan now for potential outages as part of a PG&E public safety power shutoff

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 6:07 pm by Peter Ibrahim

As part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program, PG&E is implementing additional precautionary safety measures to help reduce the risk of wildfires. If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving our community, or the transmission lines that serve it, PG&E may find it necessary to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is known as a public safety power shutoff (PSPS). 

PG&E's PSPS program now includes all electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas – both distribution and transmission. 

While customers in high fire-threat areas (based on the CPUC High Fire-Threat District map) are more likely to be affected, a public safety power outage could affect any of the more than 5 million customers who receive electric service from PG&E. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

Once transmission lines are shut down it may take between 2 to 7 days for power to be restored. All residents need to be prepared for this possibility. Being prepared for any emergency is always important and a public safety power shutoff is one more reason to be prepared. So let’s get prepared now!

How to prepare for a public safety power shutoff
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