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Photo by Elizabeth Galloway: SDG&E replaces pole burned on Aurora Drive in Lakeside with steel pole.

May 16, 2014 (San Diego)--SDG&E asks customers across San Diego County  to conserve power by reducing electricity usages, health permitting due to peak demand.  Customers are requested to turn off lights and equipment not in use, turn of the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher and consider using fans instead of air conditioning. Avoid use of major appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washer/dryer and pool pumps if possible.

To prepare for power outages during windy conditions or fires, have a battery-powered emergency lighting and flashlights on hand, a portable battery-powered radio, a wind-up or battery powered clock, nonperishable foods and water, can opener, pet food, first aid kit, and a phone that doesn’t need electricity. 

SDG&E is working to restore power to thousands  customers who lost power during the fires.  In addition, the utility proactively cut off power this week to numerous customers intentionally in an effort to prevent lines from causing fires.  The utility is also replacing wood poles with steel where appropriate, a media release states. 

For updates on power outages, visit  You can also download a mobile ap to check statuf of power outages at or call 800-411-7343, or check SDG&E’s sites on Twitter and Facebook.  Report downed lines to 1-800-411-7343 (SDGE). Never touch a fallen line, person or vehicle in contact with a live line.