Storm Season Safety: After a Power Outage


Following heavy rain and strong winds, many California communities faced power interruptions this week. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) continues to work with our partners as they work to restore power. Cal OES would like to help you and your household safely navigate the return of power to your home during this storm season.

Check Appliances and Electronics 

When power returns to the home, resist the temptation to switch on every appliance at once. Begin by turning on essential devices one at a time. This gradual approach helps prevent a sudden surge in power demand, reducing the risk of overloading circuits or causing damage to electronics. 

Inspect for Damage 

Conduct a quick visual inspection of your home’s electrical system. Look for any signs of damage such as frayed wires, sparks or burnt outlets. You may need to reach out to your utility company if there are any damages. 

Replenish Emergency Supplies 

Soon after a power outage, be sure to replenish any supplies you used to be prepared for the next power outage. This includes any items you may have used from your emergency kit.