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​​​may 25, 2017
​aps reminds arizonans to be safe around electricity memorial day weekend
PHOENIX – Families across Arizona will take time over Memorial Day weekend to remember those who have sacrificed their lives while serving our country. For many, the weekend also signifies the start to summer.

“We’re fortunate in Arizona to be able to spend time outdoors all year long, and this weekend can serve as a good reminder to stay safe while enjoying time in yards and swimming pools,” said Stacy Derstine, Vice President, Customer Service, and Chief Customer Officer. “Whether your activities include playing, cleaning, landscaping or entertaining, we want to help protect families and prevent some of the common mishaps that can lead to power outages.”

To stay safe this holiday weekend and all year long, APS encourages keeping the following safety tips in mind:

  • Contact your electric utility before you trim or cut trees near overhead power lines. Touching an overhead power line can lead to serious injury or even death from electric shock.


  • ​​​​​​Call 811 before you dig. Make sure you know the location of buried electrical lines in your yard.

  • Avoid hanging ​outdoor lighting near water. Be aware that sprinklers and irrigation can spray water in all directions and make sure all outdoor outlets are waterproof and covered.

  • Use only weather-resistant heavy gauge extension cords marked for outdoor use. Inspect extension cords for frays and broken plugs. Different cords are rated for different tools, so make sure they are rated for the appliance’s power needs. Overloaded cords can lead to electric shock and serious injury.

  • Be cautious around pools. When skimming your pool, make sure there are no power lines nearby. Protect wiring from getting wet, and 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.

  • Look up before flying a drone, kite or other aerial toy and carry ladders, pruners and other long equipment on their side, not vertically, to avoid contact or arcing from an overhead line.

  • K​eep Mylar balloons indoors. Deflate and properly dispose of them in the trash. Released balloons can come in contact with overhead power lines creating outages and extensive damage. In 2016, 97 outages impacting 61,000 APS customers were caused by Mylar balloons getting into overhead lines. More than half of those incidents occurred April-July.

 

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 cleanest energy portfolios, including both Palo Verde Generating Station and renewable 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).
​​Whether your activities include playing, cleaning, landscaping or entertaining, we want to help protect families and prevent some of the common mishaps that can lead to power outages.”​
​- Stacy Derstine, Vice President, Customer Service, and Chief Customer Officer