Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

Current PSPS Event

Visit SCE's website here for current PSPS impacted areas. 

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

In order to keep communities safe, your local energy company may need to turn off the power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). 

Learn about the factors for PSPS, the benefits, restoring power, claims for loss of goods, solar panels, and much more in SCE's frequently asked questions handout here.

Resources & Rebates from Southern California Edison

To help you prepare for emergencies, such as earthquakes, wildfires or outages, including Public Safety Power Shutoffs, SCE offers programs and rebates such as:

View the full list of SCE customer resources and support here.


SCE notifies customers approximately 48 hours in advance of a potential PSPS event and will attempt to notify customers again approximately 24 hours before power is shut off. Additional notifications will be made throughout the outage, when power has been shut off and when it has been restored. Notifications may occur via a combination of phone call, text,, email and social media etc. Please note: Sudden onset of conditions may impact SCE's ability to provide advanced notice to customers. 

What You Can Do 

If you would like more information or have questions about PSPS, please contact Southern California Edison at 1-800-611-1911. 

Preparing for an Outage

It's important to prepare an emergency plan in advance in the event your family is affected by a power shutoff – or any other emergency. recommends the following:

  • Have a personal safety plan in place for every member of your household (including pets).
  • Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power.
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, and cash.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door.
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate.

During an Outage 

If you experience a blackout, SCE recommends the following:

  • Switch off the lights (except one). You can help prevent damage to your electronics and appliances by unplugging them -- computers, stereos, televisions, and air conditioners. After the electricity is restored, you can plug them in again.
  • Keep a fully charged cell phone on hand. During power outages, you may lose phone service, and your cordless phone may also lose power.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. It helps keep the food cool. Before eating food items, check them for spoilage.
  • If you see a downed power line, do not touch it. Call 911 immediately.

View more tips here.

Traffic Signals Without Power

Traffic Signal Power Outage

During a power outage, signalized intersections may also lose power. When approaching a downed signal, here's what drivers should do:

No signal lights: Lights should be treated as a four-way stop

Flashing red: Lights should be treated as a stop sign

Flashing yellow: Drivers should proceed with caution only when traffic permits

Downed Power Lines and Fallen Trees:

For emergencies such as downed power lines, call 9-1-1 immediately. To report downed trees and other large debris in the roadway during normal business hours, call the Public Works Department at (909) 350-6760. For emergencies after hours, please contact the Fontana Police Department at (909) 350-7700 and a standby crew will be dispatched.

Residents can also report these issues through Access Fontana here.

Community Meeting Q&A 2019

The City of Fontana, alongside the Fontana Chamber of Commerce and Southern California Edison, held a Public Safety Power Shutoffs Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 13 to address public concerns and allow for residents to meet with SCE, City of Fontana, and San Bernardino County representatives. 

Attendees submitted questions on index cards for SCE and the City of Fontana. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to compile and answer the questions.

View the Community Meeting Q&A here. Watch the meeting here.