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February 2024

How to Stay Safe from Winter Electrical Hazards

SCE shares information to avoid common sources of cold-weather home electrical fires and injuries.
Stay safe from winter electrical hazards with these tips from SCE:

Winter is here. And while plenty of devices can help you stay warm and cozy in your home, they can also pose serious electrical hazards if not used properly.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation- Opens in new window, electric blankets and heating pads cause almost 500 fires yearly, most by blankets over 10 years old. Also, the National Fire Protection Association- Opens in new window states that improperly used space heaters have contributed to fatal home fires and account for nearly 53% of home heating fires.

It’s also important to remember that plugging too many appliances into a single outlet can be dangerous, resulting in a possible power outage. An overloaded power strip or surge protector can overheat, which could start a fire.

By following the simple safety measures highlighted in the infographic, your family will enjoy a safer and warmer winter at home.

And as a reminder, severe weather conditions can cause power lines to fall. Downed power lines can electrify puddles, wet grass and the surrounding area. Don’t approach or touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed power line – stay 100 feet away and call 911 immediately.​​

For more information on how to keep you and your family safe, visit sce.com/safety/family

January 2024

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 wildfire, or a flood comes our way, preparedness will help everyone cope better and stay safer.
Your Family’s Safety Kit
Are you prepared for an emergency or a power outage? Every household needs a kit containing fresh water, non-perishable food, a manual can opener, coolers for ice, and most important of all, a safety preparedness plan.Learn More
Prepare Your Home
A little planning and preparation can pay off and help keep your family safe. Start by learning how to use your home’s fuse and breaker boxes, and invest in surge protectors to protect your electronics if power goes out. Be sure they’re properly rated for your electronics.
  • Keep important telephone numbers near your home’s main phone (fire department, paramedics, police, hospital, doctors, relatives, neighbors)
  • Place flashlights in handy locations, like near the home phone
  • Install surge protectors to safeguard valuable electronics like computers and home entertainment systems
  • Get acquainted with your home’s utility boxes (electricity, water, and gas), learn how to turn them off, and keep the tools handy
  • Make sure your water heater is braced, anchored, or strapped in compliance with California law
  • Learn how to manually open your home’s automatic garage door or gate when power is out
  • Gather your loved ones periodically to review the family safety plan, including how you’ll address the needs of infants, the elderly, people with disabilities, and pets

December 2023

Joining Forces for Safe CommunitiesWe are working closely with local police, firefighters and EMTs because public safety is our top priority. From electrical safety training for first responders to a coordinated approach to information sharing, it is all about keeping our communities safe.
Dangerous weather conditions, including Santa Ana wind events and stormy weather, can cause power lines to fall. Downed power lines near water can electrify puddles, wet grass and the surrounding area. Don’t approach or touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed power line. Never attempt to extinguish a fire near a downed power line — stay 100 ft. away and call 911 immediately.​​
Call 811 Before DiggingIf you are planting new vegetation such as trees or shrubs, or installing a new fence, always call 811 before digging. This free service is required by law and will make sure underground utility lines will be marked for everyone’s safety. ​​Learn more about electrical safety on the job