Emergency Preparedness for Businesses

With the days growing longer and the weather growing warmer, many San Diegans welcome the change of season with vacations, beach days and BBQs. Although this season can be fun, let’s not forget how dangerous elevated temperatures can be. Moisture, high heat and wind tend to the perfect recipe for fire season. Are you prepared to protect your facility?

Remember, not all fires are created equally and must be addressed differently. To ensure your business is protected and equipped with the proper extinguisher, follow the guidelines below:

  • CLASS A extinguishers are required for ordinary combustibles such as paper, wood, rubber, plastic, cloth and similar textiles

  • CLASS B extinguishers are required for flammable liquids like gasoline, solvents, grease, lacquers and oil-based paints 

  • CLASS C extinguishers are required for electrical equipment including wiring, fuse boxes, computers, and electrical equipment




Planning and preparation are key! Visit www.osha.gov  for more tips on how you can better protect your facility during the fire season. Also check out SDG&E’s fire safety tips online and in this video.

Timing is everything

California utilities, as required by the State, have shifted to new pricing based on the time of day your business uses energy. There are lower prices during off-peak times and higher rates at on-peak times; from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 – October 31 (summer), or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. November 1 to April 30 (winter).

There are two new Whenergy® pricing plans for businesses that can help you save money; Time of Use Plus and Time of Use. All businesses have been transitioned to the Time of Use Plus plan. Time of Use Plus provides lower prices in exchange for your commitment to reduce electricity during Reduce Your Use days. When Reduce Your Use days are called to lessen the strain on the power grid, on-peak pricing – from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – will be about 400% higher.

You have the choice to switch to the Time of Use plan which may be to your benefit if most of your electricity use is before 11 a.m. or after 6 p.m. weekdays. Time of Use customers pay slightly higher rates than Time of Use Plus customers, but are not required to participate in Reduce Your Use days – thus avoiding higher on-peak rates.

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