Tuesday, September 01, 2009

More SCE Info and Wildfire Safety Tips

First, status update on from Town Council regarding power outages in Altadena. Second, tips from SCE regarding power outages in wildfire areas. Please read as it points out we should not be using candles during a power outage given the threat of wildfires.

From Town Council:

- The transmission lines are still in danger

- Edison has a major power outage unrelated to the fire occurred this morning in Montebello, affecting eight thousand residents.

- There may be some sporadic outages in Altadena. We need to get information of where they are. If anyone is experiencing or has knowledge of someone with an outage, please contact Gino Sund at 794-9609.

Wildfire Safety Tips
· With nightfall approaching the threat of electric service interruption could occur at any time in the wildfire areas, SCE reminds its customers to keep flashlights handy in the event of a service interruption.
· Do not rely on candles for lighting during a power outage because they could pose a fire hazard; please use flashlights.
· Do not rely on candles for lighting during a power outage because they could pose a fire hazard; please use flashlights.
· Check on the safety of family members and neighbors, especially those dependent on power for medical equipment.
· If you see downed lines, please call SCE and report it to the police and fire departments immediately. Never touch or try to move a downed power line.
· If possible, stay away from areas severely impacted by the fire damage. Traffic signals could be inoperative, poles and power lines could be blocking streets and utility crews could be in the area making repairs.
· If you are without electrical service in your home or business, leave one light switch in the “on” position to serve as a signal when electrical service has been restored. This will help limit stress on the electrical system when SCE restores service.
· Do not cook indoors with charcoal or other fossil fuels not meant for indoor use. They could create deadly fumes if used indoors.
· Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronic equipment.

1 comment:

Sloane Mann said...

Hi Greg,

Thank you so much for your blog. If it weren't for the altadena blog and yours, we would not have been able to find out any accurate information about the Station fire. Altadena sheriffs dispatch gave us incorrect information about the evacuation order. We heard from our neighbor that you had e-mailed him at around noon and that our street was open. At 1:30 pm we phoned the sheriffs and they told us that those rumors were making it harder for them to do their job. They said that no, the evacuation had not been lifted as of 1:30 pm.

So, we drove to Loma Alta and Lincoln and no one was there. Needless to say, we were upset that the were allowing anyone in to the neighborhood without checking ID. Considering the beak-ins that have been going on, we were very upset to think our house and studio were unlocked for the fire department.

Again, thank you for all of the great information you provide, we appreciate it.

Sloane & Greg Mann
Canyon Crest Road