Big Island utility offers fireworks safety tips

Hawaii Electric Light Co. urges the community to use caution if celebrating the Independence Day holiday with fireworks. The company offered the following tips:

• Carefully set up and use fireworks in an area clear of overhead power lines; do not string fireworks on utility poles.

• If using a ladder, pole or tie lines to set up fireworks, keep a 10-foot clearance from power lines. Power lines are energized and not insulated and could cause a serious electrical shock, burn or electrocution.

If an object becomes entangled in an overhead power line, don’t try to free it. Call HELCO’s trouble line at 969-6666.