Wildfires are a huge risk in PG&E's service area of Northern and Central California, and the utility works with CAL FIRE and other state and local agencies to help educate customers about fire safety.
According to CAL FIRE, nearly 90 percent of all wildfires in California are caused by people, often when they are engaged in routine activities. Tasks like mowing the lawn, using a weed eater or using a chain saw can spark a wildfire. Similarly, worn brakes, exposed wheel rims and dragging tow chains can also cause sparks and ignite a fire while driving.
PG&E encourages the 15 million Californians it serves to practice safe outdoor equipment use, and to properly use and maintain all vehicles. The utility also encourages customers to practice campfire safety and learn how to safely burn debris.
The following tips can help you prevent wildfires:
In addition to wildfire prevention, creating and maintaining defensible space can help slow or stop a wildfire and helps firefighters defend property. PG&E continually monitors fuel conditions to prepare for this risk, and we work closely with public safety organizations to assist in fire response activities.