Electrical Safety

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November 7, 2013

Five Questions: PG&E’s Dasso on How Smart Grid Improvements Benefit Customers

Years ago, PG&E began developing new technologies that are now providing residential and business customers with safe, reliable and affordable electricity. In this Currents Q&A, PG&E’s Kevin Dasso — named a smart grid pioneer this week — talks about how the smart grid benefits customers and how the technology will evolve.

October 17, 2013

Hollister Electric Team Gets New Battery-Powered Tools of the Trade

The manual cutters that PG&E’s electric crews use are effective, but they require a lot of brawn — one hand gripping each handle while squeezing with all your might. Line workers are tough, but years of repetitive motion can lead to elbow and shoulder injuries for even the strongest employees. That’s why this week, the company began swapping out old cutters with new battery-operated power tools.

August 23, 2013

Commentary: Calling Ahead Before Digging is Vital Move

In this commentary, John Higgins, PG&E’s senior director of gas distribution maintenance and construction, and Renee Domingo, director of emergency services and homeland security for the city of Oakland, talk about the impact of excavation incidents and the importance of calling 811 before any digging project.

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August 22, 2013

Two-time Olympian Helps Promote Awareness of Calling 811 Before Digging

A two-time Olympian who almost didn’t get to achieve athletic glory due to a construction accident shared his story today at a 811 Safety Awareness for Excavators event in Bakersfield.

August 16, 2013

PG&E Reaches Out to Southeast Asian Communities

PG&E co-hosted a workshop for Fresno-area Southeast Asian communities on the utility’s financial assistance programs and how to save money on their utility bills.

August 14, 2013

Electric Workers to Compete for Spot in International Lineman’s Rodeo

This weekend, a group of PG&E line workers and apprentice line workers from throughout Northern and Central California will demonstrate the unique skills that provide safe and reliable electric service for millions of Californians.

August 8, 2013

PG&E Reminds Residents of Gas, Electric Safety at National Night Out Event

PG&E employees joined customers during Auburn’s National Night Out this week to talk about the importance of gas and electric safety.

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July 15, 2013

PG&E Partners with Yurok Tribe to Provide Electricity in Remote Humboldt County

In remote northern California, PG&E has been extending electricity in partnership with the Yurok tribe. As this Currents video story shows, 14 of 25 miles now have now been electrified. Tribe members talked about the benefits they’ve been experiencing.

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July 9, 2013

Longtime PG&E Lineman Still Abuzz with Energy

The Half Moon Bay Review spends the day with Ray Villa, a PG&E lineman with 44 years of experience. Reporter Mark Noack writes that “Villa is something of a one-man institution (who has) accrued a mental map of every transformer, utility pole and wire on the coast, usually with a personal story to pair with each.”

July 4, 2013

PG&E Offers Tips for a Safe Independence Day

As millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day, PG&E urges customers to take precaution, including keeping balloons, fireworks and toys away from overhead electrical lines.

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July 2, 2013

VIDEO: PG&E Tree Crews Work to Prevent Power Outages and Wild Land Fires

On any given day throughout PG&E’s service territory, 350 utility foresters walk beneath overhead power lines looking for hazard trees or potential problems. The certified arborists patrol 134,000 miles of overhead lines each year — that’s enough to circle the globe six times. At the same time, 650 contract tree crews are doing the pruning and removal work. As this video story shows, the work is crucial as wild-land fire season approaches.

May 17, 2013

UC Berkeley Journalism Project Features PG&E Electric Crew Foreman

A UC Berkeley journalism project profiles a PG&E electric crew foreman as part of its series on workers who keep Oakland running.

May 10, 2013

Wayward Mother’s Day Metallic Balloons Pose an Electrical Danger

Springtime is a season for celebrating. And for those who choose helium-filled metallic balloons as part of their Mother’s Day and graduation gift giving, PG&E stresses caution.

April 24, 2013

PG&E Continues Push to Increase ‘Call 811’ Awareness at Vallejo Event

PG&E joined local officials from Solano County today at an event to boost awareness of the importance of calling 811 before any digging project. Held at the Solano Community College’s Vallejo Campus, the event coincided with National Safe Digging Month.

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April 22, 2013

Month of Service: PG&E Teaches Electric Safety to Sonoma County Families

PG&E recently hosted “Science Saturday” at the Sonoma County Regional Parks’ Environmental Discovery Center. The event was part of the utility’s Month of Service to give back to the communities it serves. The highlight was a hands-on demonstration teaching electrical dangers like downed power lines.

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