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Hawaii's year round temperate climate is ideal for growing fruit, and Hawaii Electric Light Company reminds customers to use extreme caution when picking fruit near overhead power lines. To avoid a potentially tragic accident, remember these safety tips:
- Always look up and around for power lines before starting any harvesting or trimming activity. If any part of the tree is touching overhead power lines, the tree can become energized and you should not touch the tree.
- Use the 10-foot-rule: always keep your body and any ladders, tools or other implements at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
- Don't use metal ladders or metal fruit pickers near power lines and keep any type of ladders, fruit pickers, poles or other tools at least ten feet away from the lines.
- Never trim trees that have power lines going through them or touch any tree limb that may fall into a power line. Only a professionally trained live clearance qualified certified arborist be used to trim and maintain your trees near power lines.
- If a person comes in contact with a power line, assume the line is energized and dangerous. Do not attempt to free the person from the power line. Stay clear and warn others to keep away. Call 911 immediately for emergency help.
- If you see any object caught in a power line, assume the line is energized and do not attempt to free it yourself. Call Hawaii Electric Light's Trouble Line at (808) 969-6666 or call 911 in an emergency.
- Read our Fruit-Picking Safety Tips flyer.