Sonora, CA — With high winds and heavy precipitation forecasted into the weekend, PG&E says Mother Lode residents should be prepared for the possibility of power outages.
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PG&E has put out the following advice to customers:
-If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it-and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
-Do not use candles because of the risk of fire. If you must use candles, use extreme caution. Do not use candles near drapes, under lampshades or near holiday trees. Keep candles away from small children, and do not leave candles unattended.
-If your power goes out, turn off or unplug all electric appliances; otherwise, several appliances may come back on at once and overload your circuits when power is restored. Hot appliances also pose a fire hazard if they come back on while you’re away or asleep. 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.
-Have battery-operated radios with fresh batteries ready for updates on storm conditions and power outages.
-Have battery-operated flashlights with fresh batteries on hand.
-Have a cell phone or hard-wire, single-line telephone on hand. Cordless phones will not work without electricity.
-Fill used liter-size plastic soda bottles with water and place them in the freezer. During an extended outage, transfer them to your refrigerator to prevent food from spoiling. Open the refrigerator only when necessary to keep warm air out and cooler air in.
-If you have a generator, inform PG&E and do not use it unless it is installed safely and properly. If it is not, you risk damaging your property and endangering yourself and PG&E line workers who may be working on nearby power lines.