San Jose, CA – PG&E – the area’s largest energy company is currently experiencing a blackout. This is leaving thousands without power or electricity through the hard summer months.
The area is currently experiencing some of the hottest days of the year. With many children starting to return to school after COVID-19, many are wondering if it is still a good idea.
“We are in the middle of a pandemic and we cannot even stay at home comfortably,” said Luis Ortiz, a downtown San Jose resident. “The heat is unbearable and losing electricity during this critical time is not acceptable.”
As for insight as to what may have caused the blackout, that question still remains. While thousands are still currently without power, PG&E released a statement.
“We don’t have a confirmed cause at this time so unfortunately there’s no estimate for restoration,” Guidi said. “But again, our crews are currently investigating.”
PG&E offers Power For Many Staying At Home During COVID-19
One of the biggest and most common reasons for power outages in the area is due to heat. It is a hard cycle. For one, most people are heavily using their air conditioners and staying inside to stay cool. While many are still under stay-at-home procedures, they are finding that their home is presenting its own dangers.
The company has released information to help families while they figure out a solution and get power back on time.
- Plan ahead: Check the weather forecast to prepare for hot days.
- Keep an emergency contact list: Keep a list of emergency phone numbers.
- Have a buddy system: Check-in on the elderly or people with access and function needs.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, even when you are not thirsty.
- Stay cool: Take a cool shower or bath and wear lightweight, loose, light-colored clothing.
- Be safe: Stay out of direct sunlight and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.