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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Utility Wildfire Safety: Public-Safety Power Shutdowns and More

Electric power lines at sunset

Unlike most municipalities, the City of Healdsburg operates its own electric utility, and the community benefits from lower electric rates compared with PG&E. 

Go here to learn what the City's Electric Department is doing to prepare for disasters such as wildfires, and what you should do prepare you and your family for public-safety power shutdowns. Questions we answer include:

  • PG&E is stating that they will de-energize portions of California’s transmission systems when wildfires occur. How will this affect Healdsburg?  
  • How is the City preparing for the increasing threat of wildfires? 
  • How will the City’s electric customers know if there is a public-safety power shutdown? 

The FAQs page includes practical information you can use to prepare for a power shutdown, such as: 

  • Keep your cell phone charged and identify back-up charging methods for phones and other electronic devices.
  • If the power goes out, turn off all unnecessary appliances such as stoves, clothing iron, hair dryers, lights, and curling irons.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door or other access points of your property that rely on power.

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