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Posted on: December 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

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Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) - Beaumont Under Consideration Due to High Winds. 

Due to weather conditions, Southern California Edison (SCE) may need to shut off power to electrical circuits in high risk fire areas. Areas in Beaumont are currently "under consideration" for a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event. View the areas under consideration here.

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

The threat of wildfires throughout California is growing. One of the ways SCE is reducing wildfire risks is Public Safety Power Shutoffs. During these events, SCE may need to proactively shut off power temporarily as a result of elevated weather conditions — such as strong winds, high temperatures and dry vegetation — that can cause a power line to fall and spark, possibly creating a wildfire. 

How do PSPS events work?

When forecasts indicate elevated weather conditions, SCE will begin assessing the potential impact to affected areas. SCE will analyze historical data to help predict the likelihood of a wildfire occurring, closely monitor weather watch alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS), and place incident responders on alert, if needed. 

How long will it take for my power to be restored after a PSPS event?

A PSPS event will last as long as the dangerous fire weather conditions exist. If circuits are shut off, those circuits and lines will be inspected to ensure there are no problems that might create a danger before power can be safely restored. SCE crews will need to visually inspect the power lines during daylight hours so operations may be limited during overnight hours. 

What do I do if my power is shut off?

If your power has been shut off, SCE will restore power as soon as the weather conditions permit, and crews have inspected the power lines to confirm it is safe to restore power. For status on SCE outages, please visit www.sce.com/outages 

Water Conservation: When cities experience power outages, critical public utilities may also be impacted. While Beaumont has backup generators for key infrastructure facilities, indoor and outdoor water conservation will help lessen the load on these generators during power outages, as well as reduce the negative impacts of possible generator failures, such as loss of water treatment capacity or sewage spills. 

Conserve water by avoiding any unnecessary uses of water, including watering lawns, washing vehicles, filling swimming pools, flushing toilets after every use, washing clothes, running the dishwasher and taking baths or long showers. 

Preparing for possible outages: 

Fuel/charge your vehicle, keep phones charged, stock up on shelf stable food and prepare your family. It is never too early to plan ahead and develop a plan for preparedness.  

Reporting downed trees, debris, and fallen power lines:

  • For emergencies such as downed power lines, call 9-1-1 immediately. 
  • To report downed trees and other large debris in the roadway during normal business hours, call the City of Beaumont at (951) 769-8520. 
  • For emergencies after hours, please contact the Beaumont Police Department at (951) 769-8500 and a standby crew will be dispatched.


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