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​december 16, 2016
aps encourages safety this holiday season
PHOENIX – As we move into the “most wonderful time of the year,” the city is strung with lights and decorations, creating a festive, yet electrically-buzzed atmosphere. Between family parties and last-minute shopping, safety can often take a back seat.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 12,000 people go to the emergency room each year due to holiday-related incidents, including electrical contact involving lights and decorations.
To prevent injury and promote safely enjoying the holiday season, APS offers the following tips:
  • Turn off holiday lights before going to sleep or leaving the house unattended.
  • When stringing lights outside, use a dry wooden or fiberglass ladder and be sure to stay away from overhead power lines.
  • Avoid stringing any outdoor lighting or electrical cords where water from irrigation or sprinklers may be present. Ensure cords are not frayed or damaged.
  • Use more than one circuit to avoid overloading household wiring. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for the number of light strings that can be connected safely.
  • Consider using LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights, which run much cooler than their traditional counterparts, are less of a fire risk and use much less energy.
  • If using a live Christmas tree, make sure to check the water level in the tree stand daily.  If the tree appears to be losing a large amount of needles, or if the needles become brittle, do not turn on any electrical lights used for decorations. The heat from the lights may cause a fire.
Happy Holidays!
APS serves about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s foremost producer of clean safe and reliable electricity. Using a balanced energy mix that is nearly 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, and owns and operates the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the country’s top power producer and largest producer of carbon-free energy. The company is also a proven leader in introducing technology and services that offer customers choice and control over their energy consumption. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).