(KTXL) — Strong winds are forecasted for the Sacramento Valley this weekend but the Pacific Gas and Electric Company is not planning any Public Safety Power Shutoffs for the region.

The shutoffs are used during severe weather events to help prevent wildfires that may spark during dry conditions and quickly spread due to the wind.

During a PSPS, power is turned off in response to strong winds that may cause trees or other material to damage PG&E power lines.

“PG&E does not anticipate needing to conduct Public Safety Power Shutoffs,” the utility said in a weather advisory released Saturday morning.

On Friday, the National Weather Service in Sacramento issued the earliest springtime Red Flag Warning for the region.

The Red Flag Warning comes as northerly winds are expecting to blow through western portions of the Sacramento Valley with gusts topping out at around 50 mph.

The combination of high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation creates an environment for increased fire danger.

Because the weather can change quickly, PG&E are advising customers to stay up to date on weather forecasts and to have a plan in response to power outages.

PG&E released the following tips:

Never touch downed wires: If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.

Use flashlights, not candles: During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lampshades, animals and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.

Have a backup phone: If you have a telephone system that requires electricity to work, such as a cordless phone or answering machine, plan to have a standard telephone or cellular phone ready as a backup.

Have fresh drinking water, ice: Freeze plastic containers filled with water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your refrigerator/freezer during an outage to prevent foods from spoiling. Blue Ice from your picnic cooler also works well in the freezer.

Secure outdoor furniture: Deck furniture, lightweight yard structures and decorative lawn items should be secured as they can be blown by high winds and damage overhead power lines and property.

Use generators safely: Customers with standby electric generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to customers, as well as crews working on power lines. If using portable generators, be sure they are in a well-ventilated area.

Turn off appliances: If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.

Safely clean up: After the storm has passed, be sure to safely clean up. Never touch downed wires and always call 8-1-1 or visit 811express.com at least two full business days before digging to have all underground utilities safely marked.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company