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july 17, 2015
aps encourages customers to be safe during expected storms this weekend
National Weather Service predicting inclement weather for Metro Phoenix

PHOENIX – With storms expected to roll through the Valley this weekend, APS urges customers to use caution and stay safe. The National Weather Service Phoenix Forecast Office has issued an increased threat of showers and thunderstorms for the Metro Phoenix area, beginning this afternoon.
 
Summer storms in Arizona bring high winds and heavy rain. When storms are forecasted, APS wants its customers to know that the company monitors the situation closely and is prepared to deploy crews to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
 
While crews are working to get the lights back on, customers should use caution and follow these three safety tips from APS:
 
1. Avoid touching household wiring during a thunderstorm. Halt the use of computers or wired video games when a storm is approaching and unplug any expensive electronics. Only unplug electronics before a thunderstorm, do not touch wires if you can hear thunder.
 
2. Stay informed. Subscribe to lightning and severe weather notification services. Follow @apsFYI on Twitter from your smartphone. In the event of a prolonged large-scale outage, APS will use this channel to keep customers up to date. Customers also can go to aps.com/outages for up-to-date outage details and estimated restoration times.
 
3. Stay away from all downed lines. Treat any downed line as though it is energized; keep at least 100 feet away. In the case of a downed line, immediately call 911, then APS.
 
Watch this video to see what you should do if a power line falls on your car. Stay safe!
 
APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).