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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Authorities Prepare for Possible Electrical Outages
The Altadena Sheriff’s Station issued a statement Wednesday night saying deputies were “doing everything we can to be prepared for any emergencies that may arise” during a potential electrical power shutoff by Southern California Edison (SCE) Thursday, October 10, and Friday, October 11.
SCE said that in response to the Santa Ana conditions, it is considering widespread Public Safety Power Shutoffs to reduce risk of wildfires.
“During these events, we will proactively turn off power in high fire risk areas to reduce the threat of wildfires,” an SCE statement said. “Turning off our customers’ power is not something we take lightly, but PSPS events are one of the ways we can better ensure the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees.”
The electrical shutoffs would not affect customers of Pasadena Water and Power.
Altadena Station deputies reminded Altadenans to make sure that their residences are locked and secured as alarm systems may not work during power outages.
“We encourage ‘neighbors to look out for neighbors’ by watching for and reporting any suspicious activity. You are the eyes and ears for one another, and our deputies. If you see something, say something! For emergencies, please call 911, and for non-emergencies 626 798-113,” the statement said.
For information regarding power outages, please visit Southern California Edison (SCE) at sce.com/PSPS.
In anticipation of this potential power shutoff, Altadena Sheriff’s Station also alerted drivers about safety procedures when approaching traffic signals that are experiencing a blackout or have lights flashing.
• Traffic Signal Blackout – If all traffic signal lights at an intersection are not working due to an electrical power failure, the intersection must be treated the same way as a four-way stop sign. Drivers must stop at the intersection and then proceed only when it is safe to do so while yielding to bicycles and pedestrians.
• Flashing Red Lights – A flashing red traffic signal light means “Stop.” After stopping, drivers may proceed when it is safe, observing standard right-of-way rules. Drivers are reminded to anticipate pedestrians and bicyclists and be cautious of other motorists who may fail to stop before entering the intersection.
Residents are also encouraged to take precautions and prepare for a power outage that may stretch beyond a few hours. Charge cell phones, spare batteries, laptops and other devices ahead of time.
A portable, battery-powered radio can also allow residents to receive updated information from news agencies in the event other devices lose power.
You should also have flashlights accessible, learn how to manually open automatic garage doors or gates and prepare to meet special needs of any infant, elderly or disabled members of your household, the statement said.