APS helps Yuma prepare for summer storms
Summer temperatures are soaring in Yuma, and Arizona's monsoon season is upon us.
While most Arizonans look forward to the possibility of rain for a brief reprieve from the heat, monsoon storms can result in power loss for business and home owners, disrupting life and causing potential safety issues. In preparation for monsoon season, APS spent approximately $80 million on state-wide system maintenance. Our crews work year-round on our system looking for potential reliability issues to ensure that you will have the most consistent power.
Despite planning, storms still can cause damage to power lines and other necessary electrical equipment. When a monsoon storm knocks out the power, our employees work hard to restore electricity to the affected area as safely and quickly as possible.
Here are some examples of how to weather a potential power interruption — and to stay safe if one does occur — that may be helpful to you and your employees:
• Check to see if you're the only business or home without power. If others also have lost power, call APS at 1-855-OUTAGES (1-855-688-2437) to ensure we are aware of the problem. During a large or lengthy outage, APS will provide updates via Twitter. You can follow us at @apsFYI.
• Be sure to have flashlights, a battery-operated radio and a phone readily accessible in the case of power outage.
• For your safety, don't approach downed power lines. If you see a downed line, call 911 and then call APS.
• Without power, it is important for you to unplug all major appliances and sensitive equipment to prevent any potentially hazardous situations. At home, don't disconnect your refrigerator or freezer; you may forget to reconnect these appliances once the power is running. Your food should be fine for 12-14 hours, as long as the refrigerator and freezer doors are kept closed.
• If you happen to be driving during the storm and your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line, stay inside your vehicle and call for help. In this situation, it is best to remain calm and wait for help or instructions from the experts.
As monsoon season looms over us, remember being prepared and aware are the best tools to have in your arsenal for summer safety. Also, if you are in a situation or are having an issue you aren't sure how to handle, ask for help from a trusted source whether that be the authorities or APS.
Andrea Bereznak is the business and community relations manager for APS. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.