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Power Failure


  • Keep a flashlight in your workplace; never use a candle or an open flame to produce light
  • Consider marking exit areas, steps and other hazards with glow-in-the-dark stickers
  • Establish a communication guide with your department to report any issues internally and with supporting departments, including Facilities Management Trouble Call and Office of Emergency Management.


  • Remain calm and use emergency lighting
  • If no emergency lighting is available, proceed cautiously to a lighted area
  • If you are in an elevator, remain calm and press the emergency call button or phone
  • If the campus has not released communication regarding the outage, submit a service request to Facilities Management (FM), or contact the Trouble Call Desk at (310) 825-9236 with the following information:
    • Location (building and room number)
    • Best or closest entrance for responders
    • Nature and extent of an emergency
    • Your name and the number you are calling from
  • Turn off all light switches except one (so you know when power is restored)
  • Turn off and unplug computers and other equipment sensitive to power spikes and surges
  • Turn off coffee pots and other sources that produce heat
  • Some rooms are equipped with red light switches that will not go off in the event of a power outage. Keep red switches in the “ON” position
  • Do not open refrigerators/freezers unless necessary to maintain their temperature for longer periods. Follow safety guidelines when your refrigerator's power is off
  • Do not plug equipment into the red outlets, as they have been designated for existing loads
  • Do not use a gas stove for heating or operate generators indoors
  • Stand by for instructions from emergency personnel if the power cannot be restored
  • Review lab shutdown procedures.