People are preparing for PSPS shutoffs

With high fire danger and scorching hot temperatures, people are figuring how to prepare for potential power shutoffs.

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 5:16 PM

CHICO, Calif - PG&E started to send out PSPS alerts Friday evening, making people very concerned.

“Me and my family feel vulnerable, to be honest," said Tyson Ducker. "Where do you go when you do three days with power shutoffs, the heat, pets that could be damaged or hurt or put at risk. I have an 11-year-old boy at home who really doesn’t need to sit in 105-degree heat.”

While Tyson Ducker is concerned about his home and his child, he is also conerned about his job. 

“I work at a winery personally and I know our entire harvest is at risk at work and if they power goes down, they would have to invest in a much larger generator this year to just make sure we don’t lose the entirety of the harvest," said Ducker. "Refrigeration is a key component of what we are doing at work.”

PG&E said make sure you keep battery operated flashlights and extra batteries on hand and limit the amount of times of opening the refrigerator or freezer once the power goes out.

“We have some power generators that we will use for the refrigerators so it will keep the perishable food items from spoiling," said Jerry Pocan.

One employee at Lowes in Chico said that the best place to put a generator is outside and at least 20-feet away from your home

Lowes also said they currently have 60 generators that are 5000 watts .

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Strong wind continues to blow through the valley this afternoon, and will last through the evening. Thursday will still be a fairly breezy day, but the wind won't be as strong and our temperatures will be warmer. More wind is coming Friday and Saturday.
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