Safety personnel encourage residents, others to avoid utility equipment

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  • By 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Base safety officials ask personnel to avoid areas with power generation equipment currently in place to provide temporary power to facilities on the installation.

The base has been without power since Sept. 22. Civil engineers continue work to resolve the outage to facilities.

“The 66th Civil Engineering Division has installed temporary utility-scale power generation equipment to restore power to several facilities at Hanscom AFB,” said Master Sgt. Henrie Young, 66th Air Base Group Safety superintendent. “We ask individuals to avoid these cordoned-off areas with generators.”

Safety officials provide the following tips:

  • Do not attempt to move or repair any fencing surrounding the generators that may be fallen over.
  • Contact the Emergency Operations Center at 781-225-1395 to have authorized personnel make repairs.
  • Treat all electrical power lines surrounding generators as hot, do not attempt to touch or move them.
  • Keep children, pets and curious adults away from the areas on base.

“While the effects of shock can vary based on the amount of electricity someone is exposed to, in the worst cases, failure to adhere to safe practices can result in death,” said Young.

Officials are routinely inspecting these locations on the base to ensure they remain safe.

No timetable has been given when power will be restored.

Units should implement their COOP plans and continue encouraging supervisors to maximize teleworking. 

Officials encourage those who live and work on base to continue monitoring Hanscom’s public website, social media pages or the COLD line (781-225-2653) for additional updates.

Additional updates will be provided when information becomes available.