Power Outage in Prescott
Was your home one of the properties in the Highland Pines Community that experienced a power outage earlier this week? More than 500 homes in the Highland Pines Community off of Iron Springs Road experienced a power outage Monday night, March 9th around 7:15 pm, after a piece of construction equipment drove into telecommunication wires in the area, according to APS spokeswoman Jenna Shaver.
The backhoe took down three APS telephone poles along with the wires, shutting down power for 519 APS customers. A crew working for the retail energy service provider was able to repair the damaged poles and lines by Tuesday afternoon. Thankfully no one was injured due to the outage.
Shaver says accidents like this are more common than one would think. “People don’t think about what causes power outages very often, but a big portion of that is cars hitting poles,” Shaver said. “Just a piece of construction equipment took out quite a bit of our infrastructure in that area.”
Ready.gov recommends tips for being prepared in case of a power outages and blackouts which includes:
- Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts.
- Be aware that most medication and food that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
- Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the electric garage door will not open.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment (like air conditioners) or electronics in use when the power went out. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage computers as well as motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace.
- Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion.
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