APS is asking customers to keep electrical safety in mind during Independence Day celebrations and the electric company has the following tips:
-- Be aware of overhead power lines when carrying or setting up a ladder or hanging streamers, flags or other ornamentals. Also, never hang any decorations from any utility lines or poles that run to your home.
-- Get help when installing, maintaining, and removing flag poles, antennas, satellite dishes or other outdoor products. Never get yourself, tools, materials or equipment closer than 10 feet from any overhead power lines.
-- Inspect extension cords for frays and broken plugs before using them. Also, make sure they are marked for outdoor use and rated for the power needs of your appliances or tools.
-- If you have a pool, be especially careful when working near water. Protect any and all wiring from getting wet, and be especially careful of overhead electrical lines when using a long-handled pool-cleaning tool.
-- Mylar balloons and power lines don’t mix. When Mylar balloons are released, they can come in contact with overhead power lines, creating outages and extensive damage. Always deflate balloons and dispose of them properly when no longer in use.
For more information on electrical safety tips, visit aps.com/safety.
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