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33611High Winds Expected Across LADWP Service Territory

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  • Andrew Garsten
    Oct 3, 2013
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      /DATE: October 3, 2013 8:34:39 PM PDT/


      --MEDIA ADVISORY--


      High Winds Expected Across LADWP Service Territory

      LOS ANGELES — The National Weather Service has issued a high
      wind advisory for Los Angeles in effect tonight from 11 p.m. until 3
      p.m., Saturday, October 5. The Los Angeles Department of Water and
      Power (LADWP) advises customers that during high wind events, reports of
      power outages may increase due to downed lines from tree branches and
      other flying debrit. LADWP urges customers to stay away from downed
      power lines and to immediately call 911. In the case of a power outage,
      customers are asked to report their outage by calling 1-800 DIAL DWP
      (1-800-342-5397). LADWP crews are ready to respond to any outages, 24/7.

      In the event of 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 us and report your outage at 1-800-DIAL DWP (1-800-342-5397).

      If you encounter a downed power line:

      * Report any downed power lines immediately by calling the LADWP at
      1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397). If you or someone else is in
      danger, call 911.
      * 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. Again, always assume electric
      lines are live.
      * 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.

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      For more information contact:

      Terry Schneider
      LADWP Public Affairs
      (213) 367-2265



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