(Albuquerque, NM) – Spring in New Mexico can bring strong winds that can cause hazardous and unsafe conditions, especially around electricity. High wind events can be very common around New Mexico from March through June, and PNM has some helpful tips to keep you and your family safe.
“High winds can present certain challenges and safety concerns,” said Chad Krukowski, director of safety for PNM. “Proper planning and some simple tips can help keep customers safe during strong weather.”
- 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. Stay as far away from the scene as possible and immediately contact 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 wait 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.
With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving 530,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit www.PNM.com.