New Mexico is a beautiful place to live in year round, but as the weather warms up during the spring, winds can rip through the state and cause hazardous and unsafe conditions, including situations that involve electrical safety.
“Safety is a priority at PNM, and high wind events are not uncommon in New Mexico,” said Chad Krukowski, director of safety for PNM. “Proper planning and keep some simple tips in mind during extreme weather can help keep customers and PNM employees safe.”
· Wind may blow tree branches or other objects into powerlines. Never attempt to remove anything from the lines. Stay away and call us at 888-DIAL-PNM.
· Stay away from downed or sagging power lines, and consider them, and anything touching them, energized and dangerous. Instead, stay at least 200 feet away from the scene, and immediately contact 911 and PNM at 888-DIAL-PNM.
· If a power line falls across a car that you’re in, stay in the car, if possible, call 911, and stay in the vehicle until first responders and PNM can work together to clear the scene.
Even if the state is not under a high wind advisory, winds can still present certain safety concerns. Below are some additional tips to consider when going outside to enjoy the spring weather.
· Always fly kites, drones and model aircraft in open areas, away from power poles, overhead power lines and substations.
· Never attempt to retrieve a kite or device that is caught in a power line or that falls into a substation. Instead, call us at 888-DIAL-PNM.
· Metallic party balloons can cause fires and power outages if released into the air. Keep them indoors and dispose of them in the trash.