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may 26, 2016​
aps urges electrical safety during memorial day weekend
company offers tips to ensure safety all summer long

Memorial Day is a solemn time for honoring those who have sacrificed their lives while serving our country. It’s also the time that marks the traditional start of summer. No matter how you plan on spending the long weekend, following these five simple electrical safety tips can help protect you and your family from harm.

 
  1. Many backyards come alive in the summer with nighttime illumination. Make sure to avoid stringing outdoor lighting near water. Keep in mind the location of sprinklers and irrigation that may not be presently on, but can spray water in all directions. Also make sure all outdoor outlets are waterproof and covered.
  2. If you are landscaping or cleaning your backyard, contact your electric company before you trim or cut trees that are near power lines. Touching an overhead power line can lead to serious injury or even death from electric shock. Even low-voltage electric lines and cords can be hazardous if damaged or improperly handled.
  3. Use only weather-resistant heavy gauge extension cords marked for outdoor use. Make sure to 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.
  4. If you have a pool, be conscious. Protect any and all wiring from getting wet, and be especially careful of overhead electrical lines when using a long-handled pool-cleaning tool.
  5. And, lastly, Mylar balloons and power lines don’t mix. If you are celebrating a graduation, try to keep metallic balloons indoors. Always attach weight to them and keep them tethered. When the festivities are over, make sure you deflate balloons and dispose of them properly. Released balloons can come in contact with overhead power lines creating outages and extensive damage. In fact in the last two weeks, three outages impacting customers in Yuma and Phoenix have been caused by Mylar balloons getting into overhead lines.
 

APS Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

​No matter how you plan on spending the long weekend, following these five simple electrical safety tips can help protect you and your family from harm.