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Southern California Edison is Conducting Fire Risk Inspections to Help Maintain Safety in the City of West Hollywood

Post Date:February 26, 2019 9:01 AM

sce - southern california edisonThe City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that Southern California Edison (SCE) is conducting inspections of equipment in high fire risk areas throughout the region, including the City of West Hollywood, in an effort to help safeguard community members.

Wildfire seasons during the past two years have demonstrated the increasing threat of fires to communities throughout California. Changes to California’s climate conditions mean that the traditional notions of a fire “season” no longer apply because fires now occur throughout the year and are more destructive. Southern California Edison has an ongoing commitment to safety and supporting California’s fight against wildfires.

SCE inspections will take place throughout Spring 2019. During this period of time, West Hollywood’s residents and businesses may see additional activity being conducted by SCE and contracted crews in maintaining equipment.

Some of the work being conducted in the City of West Hollywood includes:

  • Enhanced inspections of SCE overhead infrastructure;
  • Maintenance of SCE equipment to further strengthen the local grid;  (community members will be notified in advance by SCE if a power outage for scheduled maintenance is required and updates regarding outages are available by visiting www.sce.com/outage); and
  • Increased levels of vegetation management including tree pruning and removal. 

Community members should be aware that SCE employees always display official SCE photo identification badges and contracted crews wear SCE company uniforms. SCE-approved contractors will have a badge with the name and number of their SCE Supervisor on the back of the badge. SCE employee vehicles have SCE logos and signage and contractor vehicles will have signage indicating they are an approved contractor on them. SCE inspections may necessitate access to SCE’s electrical equipment on private property; in these instances, SCE asks for support from customers to ensure safe access to equipment that needs to be inspected.

For additional information about Southern California Edison (SCE) inspections of equipment in high fire risk areas throughout the region, please visit www.sce.com/safety/wildfire.

The City of West Hollywood reminds community members that prevention is the best way to keep your home safe from fire. Install smoke alarms and test them regularly; place one or more ABC-rated fire extinguishers in your home; and use caution when operating portable heaters and burning candles. For more crime prevention and personal safety tips, please the City’s Public Safety website page at www.weho.org/services/public-safety/crime-prevention-and-personal-safety-tips.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6580 or the City of West Hollywood’s Department of Public Works at (323) 848-6375. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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