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​october 26, 2016
aps wants to help rid your home of electricity monsters
spook-tacular safety tips to help ensure customers have a fun and safe halloween
PHOENIX – Trick or treat? Saving energy can be a real treat, as long as your appliances don’t trick you. With Halloween right around the corner, APS offers a few tips to protect customers against energy vampires, fire monsters and other electrical hazards that can creep up unannounced.
Energy Vampires
These “energy vampires” have a voracious appetite for sucking electricity out of your electrical outlets and money out of your wallet – and they are dressed up as everyday appliances and electronics. Unplug the following haunted appliances and electronics when not in use:
  • Appliances and computer equipment, including coffee machines, monitors and printers;
  • Products that are rarely used, like TVs, cable boxes, game systems or DVD players in the guest room; and
  • Chargers for small electronic equipment, like laptops, smartphones, etc.
To make managing energy usage a ghoulish delight, employ a power strip with an on-off switch to cluster different products so they can all be turned off as a group.
Fire Monsters
Though you may decorate your house to look haunted this Halloween, making sure your spooky lights and screaming ghosts are safely plugged in and out of the way of trick-or-treaters is of the utmost importance. APS provides you with the bewitching details:
  • Remember to always turn off your electrical decorations and put out any open flames, including those in jack o’ lanterns, before leaving your home or going to bed.
  • Be careful not to use damaged electrical decorations. Inspect for any cracked, frayed or bare wires which could cause a serious electric shock or start a fire.
  • Do not nail or staple light strings or extension cords. Nails and staples damage an electrical cord’s insulation, which can create serious fire and shock hazards.
  • Electrical cords can be a tripping hazard. Keep them out of high-traffic areas, including doorways and walkways.
  • When decorating outdoors, make sure decorations are marked “for outdoor use” and only plug them into circuits protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to prevent electric shock.
Have a safe and boo-tiful Halloween!
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).