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HECO offers New Year's safety tips

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

As the New Year approaches, the Hawaiian Electric Companies want to remind everyone to celebrate safely.

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

Here are some tips to safely ring in the New Year:

If you plan to use fireworks, take a moment to find the safest possible location. Keep away from flammable items, including shrubbery. 

Also, 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

Electric customers on Maui Island may call their trouble line at 871-7777 or toll-free from Lana`i and Moloka`i at 1-877-871-8461. Hawai'i Island customers should call 969-6666. 

High winds, falling trees and branches, car accidents, metallic balloons and fireworks can cause power outages. 

In the event of a power outage or if lights are flickering due to problems like high winds and tree branches affecting power delivery, unplug unneeded electric equipment. Even if it is plugged into a surge suppressor.

Even though drones can get great shots of the New Year's festivities, flying them near power lines and substations can lead to power outages.

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