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​may 24, 2019  
aps reminds arizonans to be safe around electricity on memorial day weekend
safety around water, aerial toys can help prevent power outages, injuries 
 
PHOENIX – Memorial Day weekend marks a time families across Arizona remember those who have sacrificed their lives while serving our country. For many, the weekend is also the start of summer breaks from school, graduations and the perfect time to spend time with family and friends.
 
APS offers the following tips to stay safe this holiday weekend and all summer long:
 
  • Keep Mylar 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.  
  • 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, and outdoors, use only weather-resistant, heavy-gauge extension cords marked for that use.  
  • 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 them. 
Finally, APS customers can enjoy Memorial Day as an off-peak day, meaning customers on time-of-use plans will enjoy the lower-priced rates in their plan the full 24 hours of May 27. To save even more, consider closing blinds or curtains during the day and running ceiling fans counter-clockwise 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 them can review plan options and explore other savings resources and tips at aps.com/helping.
 
APS serves about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties. Using a balanced energy mix that is 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, and owns and operates the Palo Verde Generating Station, the largest producer of carbon-free energy in the nation. The company is also a proven leader in introducing technology and services that offer customers choice and control over their energy consumption. Headquartered in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW)