BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawai'i Electric Light crews are working to restore service to customers who lost electricity as a result of windy conditions affecting Big Island residents.
Strong winds caused trees and branches to fall on and damage power lines and poles, primarily in the Puna area. Crews have been working since Friday night to restore service in Aloha Estates, Mountain View, Hawaiian Acres, Ainaloa, Orchidland, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, and Nanawale.
As windy conditions and restoration efforts continue, Hawai‘i Electric Light reminds the community to stay safe and offers this important safety information:
· Treat downed power lines as energized and dangerous.
· Do not handle or move any fallen or damaged utility equipment.
· Do not approach any downed power lines, as they may have electricity running through them and can be dangerous. If you see someone injured by a downed power line, do not approach them and call 9-1-1 for assistance.
· Use generators outdoors and away from flammable materials. Generators connected directly to your home may feed excess electricity back into power lines, creating a public safety hazard. Plug appliances directly into your generator using extension cords.
· Unplug unnecessary and sensitive electronic equipment. Use high-quality surge suppressors for electric appliances that remain plugged in.
· Use batteries to power flashlights and lanterns. Do not use candles or other flammable fuel sources, as they are fire hazards.
· Be aware of trees and utility poles that were weakened by storm winds and have the potential for falling.
· Anyone who is without power and who is dependent on electric-powered life support medical equipment should make arrangements to go to an alternate location with power. They should bring their medical equipment and medications with them. They should also stay in contact with their medical equipment supplier for any special equipment needs.
To report an outage or downed power line, please call 969-6666.