By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Summer heat can interfere with our power supply in many ways. Hot weather can drive up energy demands, often to power air conditioners, which can overload your electrical grid reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Power Outage Tips

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
  • Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • Check with local officials about heating and cooling locations open near you.

How to Protect Yourself During A Power Outage


Go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.

Preparing for a Power Outage

Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity. Plan for batteries and other alternative power sources to meet your needs when the power goes out, such as a portable charger or power bank. Have flashlights for every household member. Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.

Know Your Medical Needs

Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.

Using Appliances During Power Outages

Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home. Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary surges or spikes that can cause damage.

Food Storage

Have enough nonperishable food and water. Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.

Stay Cool!

Has This Heat Messed with Your Rhythm? 

Let’s Restore Your Rhythm Sunday July 30th!

Let’s get back into the rhythm at the Southcoast Winery Resort and Spa. This is the 3rd season at Southcoast Winery Resort & Spa. Come out and help launch the first concert on Sunday July 30th  Make a night of it and stay the night!

Checkout these all-star artists; Keyboardist Lao Tizer Saxman Eric Marienthal Guitarist Chieli Minucci Vocalist Elliott Yamin

Once you’re here, you’ll find you never lost the rhythm and you’ll be right back into a cool groove of great music, wine, and great “like-minded” happy people!

There’s not a better place than the Southcoast Winery and Spa to get you in vacation mode. Bring some friends and enjoy the first of the Rhythm Series.

Southcoast Winery and Spa is 4843 Rancho California Rd. Temecula California 92591 Reservation Desk: 833-435-0482

This is a great way to start off the series with this stellar line up of artists. It will be a memorable evening, the weather will be perfect and  doors open at 6 pm. The concert starts at 7pm

Tickets for all of our events can be reserved at this link WWW.TIX.COM  or for more info and season line up please visit