Today, natural gas and electric utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) shared some advice to have an electric safe 4th of July. Accordingly, the utility urged its customers to put safety first and stay alert to potential dangers.
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A major festivity
According to PG&E, this Fourth of July will bring a major holiday; particularly, since California officials recently lifted guidelines related to COVID-19. Thus, the utility expects more residents to celebrate the country’s independence with friends, family, and neighbors.
Although the utility welcomes the return to holiday gatherings, PG&E said in a media release that it urges its customers to put safety first and stay alert to potential dangers. Moreover, the company warned that celebrations that involve fireworks, barbeques, and swimming could increase the risk of fires, electric hazards, heat-related illnesses, and other perils.
Therefore, PG&E strongly recommends that citizens follow the local rules and regulations regarding fireworks. Also, the utility offered essential reminders to help customers stay safe this Independence Day and throughout the summer.
PG&E on Electric Safety
For instance, to achieve Electric Safety, PG&E noted that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend public fireworks shows only put on by professionals. Also, the utility urged its customers to get informed about what the local regulations allow.
Also, PG&E called its customers to stay away from electric equipment and keep others away in the case of a firework strike. In that way, customers must be aware of their surroundings, including power lines, structures, dry grass, or flammable materials. Besides, they must immediately call 9-1-1 and the utility at 1-800-743-5000.
Lastly, the Company recommended always assume downed electric lines are energized and extremely dangerous.
Summer Safety as well
In the long-term, PG&E noted that these guidelines could also be of use for Summer Safety. Therefore, the utility added that customers should make sure everyone has proper skills to swim during these vacation times. Particularly, it called on its clients to keep an eye on young children and check flotation devices for leaks.
Accordingly, every child under 13 must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket on a moving vessel that is 26 feet or less in length. Besides, the company noted that people shouldn’t dive or jump into unfamiliar water.
Also, people shouldn’t swim or play near a dam or powerhouse; particularly, these areas can have strong underwater currents, sudden water discharges, slippery surfaces, and submerged hazards. Finally, PG&E recommended never to use generators, propane heaters, barbeques, or charcoal indoors due to carbon monoxide risks.
Last but not least, PG&E reminded customers to update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts; particularly so that the utility can provide up-to-the-minute safety and service information.