Jump-start summer safety this Memorial Day weekend with tips from APS

Safety around water, aerial toys can help prevent power outages, injuries

PHOENIX – Memorial Day weekend is almost here and many Arizonans will spend this time of remembrance enjoying the company of family and friends. With the start of summer and the school year coming to an end, Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) reminds customers to be safe near pools and while recreating outdoors.


During the holiday weekend and all summer long, APS recommends the following safety tips to prevent power outages and injuries:

  • Be cautious around pools. When cleaning a pool, make sure there are no power lines nearby to protect wiring from getting wet. Know where all the electrical switches and circuit breakers for pool equipment and lights are located and how to switch them off in an emergency.

  • Keep your surroundings in mind. When flying drones, kites or other aerial toys, be aware of overhead lines and keep your distance.

  • Avoid hanging outdoor lighting near 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.

  • Inspect extension cords for frays and broken plugs. Overloaded cords can lead to electric shock and serious injury. Select an extension cord rated best for the intended appliance. For outdoor purposes, use only weather-resistant, heavy-gauge extension cords marked for that use.

  • Keep balloons indoors. Deflate and properly dispose of balloons in the trash. Released balloons can come in contact with overhead power lines, creating outages and extensive damage.

  • Call 811 before digging. Before you dig, it’s important to know where buried electrical lines may be in and around your yard. Arizona 811 can help you locate what’s below property.

Family sitting on the edge of a swimming pool with their feet in the water watching a dog splash around in the water
APS customers can enjoy Memorial Day as an off-peak day, meaning customers on our Saver Choice time-of-use plans will enjoy the lower-priced rates in their plan the full 24 hours of May 31.

To save even more on your electric bill, consider closing blinds or curtains during the day and running ceiling fans counterclockwise to help keep your home cool. Customers who aren’t sure which plan they are on or who want to check if they are on the best plan for their needs can review plan options and explore other savings resources and tips at aps.com.

APS serves more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable 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, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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