Southern California Edison Emergency Preparedness
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We use electricity all day, every day, but it can be dangerous. That’s why we encourage you to discuss electricity safety with your loved ones. Our safety tips are designed to help you -- and the people you care about -- stay safe.
Any contact with power lines can seriously hurt you or even kill you. Whether you’re skimming the pool, helping a child fly a kite, or positioning a ladder against the house, keep everything and everybody far away from overhead lines. Learn More.
Power Lines & Trees
Trees, shrubs, and other vegetation can cause safety hazards and power outages if they grow into or near power lines. In support of safety, we regularly trim or remove trees that are dead, dying, or diseased, or growing near or under power lines. Learn more.
Electricity Safety at Home
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, safety comes first. It’s our top priority in everything we do. Electricity can be dangerous, and when it comes to keeping your family safe at home, it’s smart to be aware of common hazards. Learn More.
An emergency can happen at any time. You can help your family be prepared for any emergency situation with a safety preparedness plan, some basic supplies, and advance planning. Whether a storm, an earthquake, a fire, or a flood comes our way, preparedness will help everyone cope better and stay safer. Learn More.
Games, videos, quizzes, and more to help you become an electricity-smart kid. Learn more.
Free educational tools for your classroom, designed to integrate into your California curriculum. Let us help you teach young people to stay safe around electricity. Learn more.
Resources and information for busy parents of young children. Learn more.
Home Outage Kit Checklist:
- First Aid Kit: including unexpired prescription medications
- Special Needs Items: for infants, elderly and/or disabled
- A Battery-Operated Radio: to access news reports
- Fresh Batteries: for all necessary equipment
- Bottled Water: at least one gallon per person, per day
- Non-Perishable Food: that doesn't require cooking
- Manual Can Opener
- Several Coolers or Ice Chests: to store ice if the outage is lengthy
- Non-Cordless Phone: to plug in during outages
- Flashlights: store them where you can easily find them
Home Preparation Checklist:
- Keep important telephone numbers (fire department, paramedics, police, hospital, doctor, relatives, etc.) by the phone
- Place flashlights in handy locations, such as near telephones
- Install surge protectors to help safeguard valuable electronic equipment such as computers and home entertainment systems
- Know where to find each utility box (electricity, water and gas) and how to turn them off. Keep the proper tools to do so handy
- Always back up important work and files on your computer
- If you have an automatic garage door or gate, learn how to open them manually (without power)
- Consider keeping at least one car at least half full with fuel. Gas stations need electricity to pump gas and will be shut down during an outage Please note that stockpiling gasoline is NOT recommended. Gasoline is a hazardous, combustible substance. Portable gasoline generators should never be used inside homes, garages, office buildings or other enclosed spaces
- Make a safety preparedness plan for your family that includes a list and location of the above items. Be prepared to meet the special needs of infants, and elderly or disabled family members. Also plan how you will care for any pets.