Media Contact: Susan Cox, (626) 302-2255
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Dec. 1, 2014 — Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds customers to be safe with heavy rain forecast Tuesday and the possibility of mudslides and flooding in areas of Southern California hard hit by fire earlier this year.
The National Weather Service reports a 90 percent chance of rain Tuesday, with as much as five inches of rain expected in the foothills and mountain areas. Residents in burn areas like Glendora and Azusa have been warned about possible flooding and mudslides.
SCE’s system is performing well and the utility has crews on standby to respond if outages occur.
Safety is SCE’s top priority. If you see a downed power line or dangling wire — even if it appears not to be live — don’t touch or approach it or anything that is in contact with it, and call 911 immediately.
Here are some additional important tips to remember.
- Watch for traffic signals that may be out. Approach those intersections as four-way stops.
- Make sure you have a battery-operated radio and flashlights. Check the batteries to make sure they’re fresh. Use flashlights for lighting during a power outage. Do not use candles because they pose a significant fire hazard.
- If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using heavy-duty extension cords. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews.
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is the largest electric utility in California, serving a population of more than 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.