As Tropical Storm Darby brings difficult weather conditions, downed power lines remain a safety issue.
Hawaiian Electric offers these tips to stay safe around downed power lines:
When lines from a utility pole fall to the ground, touch a guardrail or land on a car, please remember:
Do not touch these lines. Stay away from downed power lines – at least 30 feet or more.
Report downed lines immediately by calling Hawaiian Electric’s Trouble Line; the number is 1-855-304-1212, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you see someone injured after touching a downed power line, call 9-1-1 for help.
Don’t try to rescue the individual because electrical current can travel through them to you and you risk becoming a victim yourself.
Warn others to stay away
Always assume downed power lines are energized and dangerous.
A downed line touching a fence or guard rail can energize it for several thousand yards and pose a hazard to anyone coming into contact with these structures. Don’t run away; instead, keep your legs together and shuffle away with both feet on the ground to a safe distance (30 feet or more).
If a power line falls on your car while you are inside, follow these instructions:
Remain where you are, if possible, and call and wait for help
If you must get out of the car because of a fire or other hazard, jump free of the car, hopping with both feet together so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground.
Once you clear the car, shuffle at least 30 feet away, with both feet on the ground.
Never step down or simultaneously touch the ground and equipment that is in contact with the power line, as this will increase the risk of electrical shock.