As far as Governor Janice Brewer is concerned, it's just fine to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in the workplace, even if you're a state employee.
December is a time for family, friends and holiday cheer. While you are trimming your trees, baking holiday treats, and putting up those Christmas lights take a moment to do a critical fire safety check around your home. December and January are the peak months for home fires and home fire deaths. There are numerous reasons for this increase, including colder weather requiring us to turn on those heaters that haven’t been used in several months. Furthermore, many of us do incredible amounts of baking and cooking during these months. This can lead to distractions from family and friends neglecting the dangers that can occur in our kitchens. Forty percent of home structure fires resulted from kitchen fires. Another common cause of house fires during this time of year are the use of candles. Often during the busy times of the holiday season candles can be forgotten or left unattended, and possibly start a tragic fire. While all these things are usually safe, it is entirely possible that if done or used in a careless manner can have a devastating impact on your holiday season. The Prescott Fire Department wishes our community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, we encourage you to take a few minutes and complete this safety checklist:
- Have your wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, chimney connectors and all other solid-fueled heating equipment inspected if it has not been done within the last year. And clean as often as recommended by the inspector or manufacturer.
- Dispose of fireplace ashes in a metal container after completely cooled.
- Keep a minimum of 36” of clear space around a space heater.
- Keep an eye on the stove while cooking. Do not leave stove on unattended.
- Keep things that can catch on fire away from stove top. (Dish towels, grocery bags, etc.)
- Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of reach of children.
- Place candles away from things that can burn (furniture, curtains, decorations, etc.).
- Do not leave candles burning unattended.
- Inspect electrical decorations for cracking or fraying, as well as bare or loose wiring.
- Turn off electrical decorations before leaving the house or going to bed.
- Keep your fresh Christmas tree well-watered.
- Test your smoke detectors and replace the batteries if necessary.
- Have a fire extinguisher in a convenient location in the home. The gauge arrow should be in the green. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher. (If you think that the fire might be too big to put out with the extinguisher get out of the house and call 911).
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
The Prescott Fire Department
Prescott Valley Police arrest Stephen Andre Smith III, after a several-hours long standoff.
Frequently one hears of delays in schedule and cost overruns when it comes to road work. But this road project is about four months ahead of schedule.
This will be my final report regarding this storm and it's effects of the APS electric system. Thank you for your patience:
You will notice that the list is short. Troublemen and Crews have made great strides throughout the day. The work plan for the day worked out very well.
In the mountain communities of Groom Creek, Ponderosa Park, Breezy Pines, Mountain Pine Acres, Potato Patch, etc., Troublemen, Line Crews and Vegetation Management Crews will continue to work through the weekend. There are still some roads that are extremely difficult to access or are even impassable, such as up into the Mt. Union area. There are going to be some customers who will not see service restored until they have made repairs to their own equipment. While we identify areas as being complete we know that there will be individual situations that will continue to be called in and will be addressed.
Here is where we are at this time in the Prescott Division (NW)
Areas outside the City of Prescott:
Groom Creek: More customers have continued to see their service restored today. Troublemen continue to work with Vegetation Management crews and Line Crews to energize when possible as trees are cleared, poles replaced and wire reinstalled. The primary (high-voltage) lines will be back in service before Saturday. However, this area will not be complete as there are many secondary and service (low-voltage) lines down and will need continued work, probably into the weekend.
Please note we understand that there will be stragglers with individual transformers out or customers own main breakers off. These will continue to be addressed as the orders come in. If you receive any communications from area businesses and residents regarding power being out please ask them to call 928-776-3636 or 1-800-253-9405. We want to be sure we do not miss anyone. At this point we are estimating that there are between 50 and 100 customers still out. Our efforts will continue until we have all service restored.