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
To prevent injury and promote safely enjoying the holiday
season, APS offers the following tips:
off holiday lights before going to sleep or leaving the house unattended.
stringing lights outside, use a dry wooden or fiberglass ladder and be sure to
stay away from overhead power lines.
stringing any outdoor lighting or electrical cords where water from irrigation
or sprinklers may be present. Ensure cords are not frayed or damaged.
more than one circuit to avoid overloading household wiring. Follow the
manufacturer’s recommendation for the number of light strings that can be
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
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.
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.