Hawaiian Electric Companies Offer New Year's Safety Tips

Fireworks, drones, and more can ruin what should be a happy time

Release Date: 12/29/2015

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HONOLULU, December 29, 2015 - As the New Year approaches, the Hawaiian Electric Companies want to remind everyone to celebrate safely. Here are some things to keep in mind as the holiday season continues.

Fireworks

Most people know fireworks are dangerous. Yet every year there are injuries and deaths associated with fireworks.

If you plan to use fireworks, take a moment to find the safest possible location. Keep away from flammable items, including shrubbery. Make sure to stay well clear of overhead power lines. Don't hang fireworks (or anything else) on utility poles. Keep yourself, your ladder, pole, and tie lines at least 10 feet from power lines and poles.

If an object should become entangled in an overhead power line, don't try to free it. To have the object removed safely, call Hawaiian Electric's 24-hour trouble line at 1-855-304-1212. In an emergency situation, call 911. Electric customers on Maui Island may call their trouble line at 871-7777 or toll-free from Lanai and Molokai at 1-877-871-8461. Hawaii Island customers should call 969-6666.

Weather, accidents, and metallic balloons

Other factors this holiday season can impact your safety and the reliability of your electric service. Some causes are beyond our control and we work hard to respond as quickly as we safely can. High winds and falling trees and branches, motor vehicle accidents and metallic balloons, in addition to fireworks, all can cause outages. In case of a power outage or if lights are flickering due to problems like high winds and tree branches affecting power delivery, it is always a good idea to unplug unneeded electric equipment, even if it is plugged into a surge suppressor.

Drones

This year brings a new concern. Flying drones have become popular gifts, but flying them near power lines and substations could lead to power outages and a short life for that new drone as well.

If everyone takes extra care and precautions, our customers and community – and our hard working crews -- can have a safe, happy and healthy start to 2016.