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Preparing and Staying Safe during Monsoon Season

Post Date:07/10/2018 10:30 am

Arizona’s summer monsoon season is here. We can expect more storms popping up for the next few months. Remember, storms can increase in intensity very quickly, so use caution if you get caught out in a storm. Downed Tree from a monsoon storm

Preparing Your Home

  • Check your roof and look for cracks and holes. If you find any, consult a professional roofer to repair it.
  • Trim and thin your trees. Stake down young trees that might not make it through an intense storm.
  • Inspect your home’s drainage. Clear any rain gutters of debris and make sure water run-off is flowing away from your house.

Preparing for a power outage

  • Have an extra supply of batteries of all sizes on hand.
  • Check flashlights to ensure they are working properly.
  • Store candles and matches as a buck up light source.
  • Battery operated fans can help keep you cool.

If you lose power

  • Visit outagemap.aps.com/outageviewer/ to report an outage and view an online outage map that’s updated often.
  • Report the outage to APS at 855-688-2437 (Residential) or 602-371-6767 (Business). Reporting an outage helps locate and fix the problem faster. 
  • Use flashlights to move around your house. If a flashlight isn't available and you must use candles, keep them away from curtains and other flammable materials. Never leave candles unattended.
  • Preserve your food for a longer period of time by keeping refrigerators or freezers open only when necessary. Food can be preserved for long periods without electricity if the doors are kept closed.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment and appliances. This will protect your valuables from electrical spikes and keep the electrical system from overloading when power returns.
  • Remember to wait 5-10 minutes after the power comes back on to plug in and turn on major appliances and electrical equipment.
  • Never try to repair electrical problems on your own. Electricity can be deadly.
  • If your home is the only one without power in your neighborhood, the outages could be because of your home's circuit breaker

If you see a downed power line

  • Keep your distance. Stay at least 100 feet away. The ground may be electrified and cause a shock.
  • If the line is touching your car, stay in your car. The tires are good insulators and will protect you.
  • If you must leave your car, be sure you do not touch the ground and the car at the same time. Keep your feet together so they both touch the ground at the same time.
  • If you see someone trapped by a power line, do not try to remove them. Call 911. Then call APS at 855-688-2437

 If you are having a true medical emergency or need our assistance, please call 911.