Set clocks back this weekend; prepare for winter

 This weekend, at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7,  daylight saving time ends and clocks fall back one hour as much of the western United States returns to Pacific Standard Time. The time change means sunrise and sunset come sooner.
Along with longer periods of darkness, comes inclement weather. Pacific Gas and Electric offers tips to stay safe this winter.
 PG&E energy and safety tips for the time change
  • Be sure to adjust timers so lights are not on during daylight or off in darkness.
  • Use photo-sensitive lighting for outdoor lights that turn on in daylight and turn off at night.
  • Adjust vehicle mirrors and visors as the earlier sunrise and later sunset may cause glare while driving at early morning and late afternoon. Use automotive glass cleaner on the inside of vehicle windows to remove vapor build up to improve visibility and prevent fogging.
  • Be aware of pedestrians out walking in the early evening as sun sets or while dark.
PG&E tips to prepare for the rainy season
  • Be sure to have flashlights or battery-operated lanterns with fresh batteries in case of power outages.
  • Avoid using candles due to the fire risk.
  • Keep cell phones, tablets and other devices charged in case of a power outage.
  • If you have a landline, have available a corded telephone that doesn’t require electricity, or a battery-backup phone system so you can receive and make phone calls during a power outage.
  • Put away or secure outdoor furniture and cushions to prevent wind and rain damage.
  • If you see a downed power line, call 911 and stay away.
  • To report a power outage and to get updates on your outage status, call 800-PGE-5002 or visit