SoCal Braces for Prolonged Record Heat Wave

Southern California Edison crews are ready to respond to heat-related outages, offers safety tips for customers.

The National Weather Service forecasts significant heat through Monday, with temperatures reaching highs of up to 113 degrees. Southern California Edison crews are prepared to respond quickly and safely to heat-wave related power outages.

Several consecutive days of high heat, along with warmer-than-usual nighttime temperatures, can lead to equipment failures because electric distribution equipment does not have the opportunity to cool sufficiently between periods of heavy use. Areas where overnight temperatures don't drop below 80 degrees are of particular concern.

Electrical equipment is at increased risk of failure when nighttime temperatures fail to drop below 80 degrees.
Electrical equipment is at increased risk of failure when nighttime temperatures fail to drop below 80 degrees.

Unlike maintenance-related outages, which can sometimes be suspended during heat waves, repairs to damaged equipment resulting in power outages can't wait for cooler temperatures. Delays in these type of repairs could lead to prolonged outages for customers and are why crews prioritize this repair work.

SCE customers can get the latest information if outages occur using the SCE outage map. Outages also can be reported at 800-611-1911.

As temperatures rise, it's important to keep yourself and your loved ones — especially children, infants and seniors — safe during extreme heat because high temperatures can increase the risk of heat exhaustion, heat cramps or sunstroke.

Consider these tips from the American Red Cross to stay cool and safe during the summer.

What to Do During a Heat Wave

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun if possible. If you must be outside, wear a hat, use sunscreen, and dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Use a buddy system when working in high heat, and remember to take frequent breaks. Try to avoid strenuous work during the hottest part of the day.
  • Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors who live alone or do not have air conditioning to ensure they're safe.
  • Never leave children or pets in enclosed vehicles, even with the windows "cracked" or open.
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as it can get very hot due to a lack of ventilation and insulation.

For more tips on staying cool and saving energy, visit ENERGIZED.