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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 has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.