Detroit Edison Offers Kite Flying Safety Tips
Spring has sprung, and if it's not already, the sky soon will be dotted with brightly colored kites and radio-controlled model airplanes. While enjoying the outdoors, utility company Detroit Edison reminds kite and model airplane fliers to play it safe around electricity by following these simple rules:
- Select a level and open space away from utility poles and overhead power lines.
- If a kite or other object becomes lodged on a utility pole or tangled in the wires, don't try to remove it. Call the local utility company to report the location.
- Don't fly kites in threatening weather. If a kite is hit by lightning, wet string can conduct electricity.
- Use strong, dry cord for kite string.
- Don't use kites containing metal or wire parts such as cotton-wrapped wire string. Wire and metal will serve as conductors if they come in contact with electrical equipment. Use lightweight wood for kite frames.
Other common-sense rules to remember:
- Avoid traffic areas such as streets, highways and railroad rights-of-way.
- Stay clear of other kites and kite fliers.
- Keep an eye out for rocks and holes when running with a kite.
- Don't fly kites and toy airplanes from rooftops or other elevated structures.