Hawaiian Electric Company taking proactive steps to avoid wildfires

  • Source: KITV-TV ABC 4 Honolulu
  • Published: 11/05/2019 04:38 PM

The Hawaiian Electric Company is taking proactive steps to limit wildfires. In the last two months of the year the company will conduct drone surveys to identify areas that are vulnerable to wildfire. The first areas that they will look at is in East O'ahu, West Maui and Ma'alaea. According to HECO, this will help them figure out the best way to protect the public and electrical infrastructure. It is also working on future plans for Hawai'i island. HECO says that it has already put in place initiatives to prevent wildfires. It includes installing heavier, insulated conductors on Maui and O'ahu. This helps power lines from hitting each other and sparking in high wind areas. HECO is putting in switches and smart fuses to minimize sparks, putting fire retardants on poles in fire hazard areas and utilizing weather equipment to locate areas with high wind gusts.



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