Heat and Fire - Related Outages
Status Update (as of Sunday, 5p.m.)
· The summer’s first heat wave made its way into the Southland on Friday July 6, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for most areas, including the beaches, mountains and valleys, for Friday and Saturday.
· Weather on Sunday July 8 is predicted to be cooler than the past few days, but still above normal.
· The extreme heat over the past days caused numerous outages across SCE territory since Friday. As of 5 p.m. SCE has approximately 2,800 customers without power.
· Our crews distributed throughout our service area to respond to outages and equipment issues. They will work throughout this heat wave to restore service to customers as quickly and safely as possible.
· As always, during periods of high-energy usage, you can help the system by conserving energy whenever possible.
· We want to continue to thank our customers for their conservation and patience during these extreme weather conditions. SCE crews are working day and night to restore power as quickly and as safely as they can for all of our affected customers.
· Multiple days of high temperatures can stress the electrical grid as energy consumption increases due to increased use of air conditioning and other cooling systems.
· We want to continue to encourage our customers to conserve whenever possible. Energy conservation helps relieve stress on the electric system serving homes and businesses. Like how a car running at full speed for several days can overheat, electric equipment can experience issues after multiple days of intense heat.
· We have postponed some maintenance outages during the heat wave but may continue with some necessary to protect public safety and prevent potentially more dangerous or longer emergency outages.
· We understand the inconvenience for our customers when the power is out in this kind of hot weather and we appreciate your patience while we make these repairs to restore power.
Energy Conservation Tips:
· Set thermostats to no lower than 78 degrees.
· Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
· Turn off all unnecessary appliances and equipment, and shut off lights when leaving a room.
· Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
Heat Wave Safety Tips:
· Cool Centers provide safe, air-conditioned facilities during heat waves. Input your zip code to see which facilities are in your area.
· Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water regularly, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
· Limit your exposure to the sun, if possible. If you must be outside, be sure to wear a hat, use sunscreen and dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
· Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and remember to take frequent breaks. Try to avoid strenuous work during the hottest part of the day.
· Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors who live alone or do not have air conditioning to make sure they’re safe.
· Never leave children or pets in enclosed vehicles, even with the windows "cracked" or open.
Helpful Inside Edison Links:
Holiday Fire / Goleta, Santa Barbara; Valley and Box Fires/ San Bernardino County
· There are currently three fires in the SCE territory: the Valley and Box Fires in San Bernardino County and the Holiday Fire in Goleta.
· SCE Fire Management is currently monitoring the incidents in San Bernardino.
· SCE personnel are on the scene of the Holiday fire and working closely with local fire agencies fighting the fires.