October is National Fire Prevention Month and it serves as an excellent time to re-examine your emergency preparedness plan. October is also a month when our region seems to experience more high winds and severe weather conditions, so having a “power” plan should be one of your top priorities at this time of the year.
Make sure you have your “power” plan ready today!
Have you updated your emergency contact information with SDG&E? You can do this online on My Account, your personalized and secure, one-stop-shop for your energy information.
- Log in to MyAccount today and be sure we have the most current information on hand so that SDG&E has the best way to keep you informed in the event of a power outage.
Do you or a loved one require 24-hour electricity for a medical device?
- The Medical Baseline Allowance Program provides an additional amount of gas and electricity at the lowest rates for residential customers and allows us to proactively contact you in the event of an emergency. Anyone with a qualifying medical need can apply for the allowance. Sign up for the Medical Baseline Allowance Program today! SDG&E also has a program for temperature sensitive customers.
Have a Plan
Using a small standby generator for electricity during an outage can keep your home and business running smoothly. Follow these tips in order to run your generator safely and properly:
- Store your generator outside in a dry location to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Never plug a generator into any electric outlet in your home or business. It can be deadly.
- Follow all instructions on properly “grounding” the generator.
- Turn off the generator for at least five minutes when refueling to avoid starting a fire.
- Keep extension cords out of the way so they don’t present a tripping hazard.
Visit SDG&E’s generator safety page for more information.
Don’t Be in the Dark
Hazardous weather conditions and high winds are two common causes for power outages. SDG&E’s nearly 150 weather stations across the county help monitor wind and weather along power lines and this information is updated several times an hour on our website. To view outages in your area, visit our outage map.
Download the SDG&E app today to view the outage map on your smart phone!
For more information about how you and your family can be prepared in an emergency , visit http://www.sdge.com/safety/emergency-preparedness/emergency-preparedness.
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