Acting Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Dominica Electricity Services Limited ( DOMLEC), Edison St Jean has said the company will keep the power on as long as it is safe to do so during the passage of Hurricane Irma.

“DOMLEC wishes to inform its customers that we will keep the power on as long as it is safe to do so,” he said. “In the event of the pending weather conditions we will continue to monitor the weather and as long as it is safe to keep the power on we will do so.”

St Jean who is also the Senior Customer Service Representative of DOMLEC said if the situation deteriorates and it is unsafe to keep the power on for safety reasons, “we will have no alternative but to turn it off.”

He warned DOMLEC customers to take extreme caution as the storm passes.

“Stay away from fallen lines…put off all appliances before and during the storm, stay indoors, do not attempt to move lines even if they are insulated,” he stated. “Do not touch lines at all under no condition.”

He also warned against cutting trees to clear lines.

He stated also that the company has seen the need to undertake a major exercise in which the company has been clearing a number of lines across the island to ensure that power remains on.