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Santa Barbara County officials share power outage safety tips

Posted at 2:49 PM, Jan 15, 2019

Tuesday’s storm is causing power outages in portions of Santa Barbara County and officials are reminding people to be prepared.

County officials shared the following tips to help minimize impacts from power outages.

As Tuesday storm winds down another brief lull before another one

  • Obtain battery- or crank-powered radios and flashlights. Test batteries and purchase extras in case of extended outages.
  • Keep electronic devices fully charged and have a backup power source available.
  • Do not use candles as these pose a significant fire hazard.
  • Place generators outdoors. Plug individual appliances directly into the generator using heavy-duty extension cords. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews.

People are advised to proceed with caution through intersections as power outages could impact traffic signals as well.

Anyone who sees downed power lines should call 911 and stay away from the lines.