Information about wind storms and safety tips from emergency agencies.
NAVIGATING A POWER OUTAGE
• Stay calm.
• Have a flashlight and extra batteries nearby. Don’t use candles in a power outage.
• Turn off lights but leave one light turned on so you will know when your service is restored.
• Turn off and unplug appliances and other electrical equipment. Unplug heat-producing items like irons and space heaters. This helps prevent circuit overloading, which could delay restoration of service.
• Call LADWP at 1-800-DIAL DWP (1-800-342-5397) to report your outage or a downed power line. At this time, most customers are waiting 24-48 hours to have their power restored.
DOWNED POWER LINES
• Do not touch a downed or dangling wire or anyone or anything in contact with it. Always assume a downed line is still energized.
• If a power line falls on your car, stay in the car and wait for help. If you must get out, make sure you do not touch the metal parts of the car and the ground at the same time.
• The safest exit method is to open the door, stand on the door sill and jump free without touching the car.
• Stay away from metal fences, such as chain link fence, as there may be a power line down and touching the fence somewhere beyond your sight.
• If there is damage to the connection from the power pole to your house, you should go to the electrical box and turn off the main switch or shut off the fuse switch.
• In case of an electrical emergency, stay calm and think before you act. Don't become a victim while trying to help others. Call 911.
• If someone is shocked or not breathing, apply cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR.) Then cover the victim with a blanket, keep their head low and get medical attention.
WHAT ABOUT FIRE RISKS?
The Los Angeles Fire Department says:
• Strong winds can lead to wildfire danger; stay vigilant about spotting brushfires especially if you live in a high danger area
• When outdoors, be alert and aware. Watch out for toppling trees or wind-blown debris.
Get the latest news and updates on power outages from the LADWP.
Check road conditions and plan a safe route by visiting the California Department of Transportation website.
For additional tips on staying safe in high winds, check the L.A. Fire Department blog for news and updates.
Southern California Edison tells you how to be safe around trees and power lines during windstorms.