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Secure backyard items during monsoons to help avoid power failures, APS says

As temperatures continue to soar, the Valley’s two major utilities work around the clock to keep air conditioners running.

And with the monsoon, Arizona Public Service reminds customers that they can help prevent power failures.

Monsoon storms can bring high winds, which means that objects in your backyard can become airborne.

That happened earlier this week, when a canopy got caught in power lines near I-17, cutting electricity for about 1,500 customers late in the afternoon.

It’s important for homeowners to secure tarps, pool umbrellas and other items, according to APS spokeswoman Yessica DelRincon.

"Those objects can end up in power lines," DelRincon said. "You want to make sure that before a storm rolls in, you safely secure those objects. That way you can help us prevent any outages that might be caused by that."

Although the Valley has experienced isolated monsoon storms, clear, hot days are back in the forecast.

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Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.