Blazing Sun = Lights Out
Southern California is no stranger to power outages that have been dubbed "Rolling-Blackouts". As the days begin to get warmer and warmer, you can be certain that your energy use will rise. A surge in energy usage for a given area can give way to these rolling blackouts.
To avoid being caught off guard and left scrambling to not be left in the dark, here are a few things to keep in mind and to have available on during those sweltering summer months.
Have flashlights and lanterns in your home where they can easily be found. Candles are also good to keep on hand although caution needs to be followed when using candles to avoid a fire. To save time, it would be wise to have extra batteries and matches in the same location.
TVs, computers and gaming systems should be unplugged to prevent damage in the event of a power surge. These occur after a power outage when the power is switched back on and can cause permanent damage to electronics. If you have Surge Protectors connected to your outlets, it is not necessary to unplug your electronics. A surge protector will mitigate the voltage amount that comes from an outlet to a safe level so that your electronics will remain unharmed. Have portable battery's on hand to keep your cell phone or tablets charged in case of a prolonged outage.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed! This prevents the cold air from escaping and spoiling your food. If a prolonged outage occurs then you should move frozen foods, dairy and meats to a cooler filled with ice to avoid spoilage.
Follow Edison on Twitter @SEC or check their website for updates on any outages in your area. Having your cell phone charged will be helpful because even though the power in your area is out, the cell towers should remain on and will provide you with a cell signal. If the outage is weather related, be cautious about your surroundings and stay indoors. If the temperatures really begin to soar, then an outing to the mall or movie theater maybe a good idea to keep out of the extreme heat.
For more information about Power Outages or tips about prolonged Outages, visit SCE/poweroutage