APS Encourages You to be Safe Over Memorial Day Weekend

Use these helpful tips to prevent power outages, injuries

PHOENIX – Memorial Day weekend is  often considered the unofficial start of summer. With Arizonans planning backyard barbecues and quality time with loved ones outdoors, Arizona Public Service (APS) is sharing safety tips to ensure the festivities run smoothly, steering clear of hazards and power outages:

  • Electricity and pools don’t mix. Never handle electronic devices, such as speakers or phone chargers, while wet or place them where they can get splashed. Be aware of overhead power lines when using long-handled pool cleaning tools. Know where electrical switches and circuit breakers for pool equipment and lights are located and how to switch them off in an emergency.
  • Keep outdoor lighting away from water. The National Electric Code requires a minimum 10-foot vertical clearance over the water surface in a pool for popular backyard décor like string lights. When installing lighting, only use your ladder on level ground and don’t use the top rung.
  • Check your extension cords and plugs. Overloaded cords can lead to electric shock and serious injury. For outdoor purposes, use only weather-resistant, heavy-gauge extension cords specifically marked for that use.
  • Keep items away from power lines. Store pool toys and tie down umbrellas, trampolines and patio furniture so wind doesn’t blow them into power lines, causing damage and power outages. Never fly drones, kites or other aerial toys near power lines. If you ever come across downed power lines, stay 100 feet away, call 911 and then call APS.
  • Be careful with balloons. Deflate and properly dispose of balloons in the trash. Balloons released outdoors can come in contact with power lines, which creates outages and extensive damage.

Something else to keep in mind is that Memorial Day is an off-peak holiday for APS customers, meaning those on APS time-of-use and time-of-use with demand plans will enjoy lower-priced rates the full 24 hours of May 27.

For more ways to stay safe around electricity, save money on electric bills and find bill assistance options, visit aps.com.

Kids swimming in a sunny pool

APS serves approximately 1.4 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering reliable, affordable, and clean energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, one of the nation’s largest producers of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 51% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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