Kite Safety

Stay Away From Power Lines When Flying Kites

Ben Franklin was lucky. His famous kite flight during a thunderstorm could have been deadly. Ben is a well-known example on “what not to do” with the first rule of kite flying: Park your kite during thunderstorms.

Now that warm windy spring weather is here, more children are playing outside. Here are some special safety suggestions for playing it safe while enjoying this fun, family activity as well as other spring safety tips.

Kite safety:

  • Adults should supervise children flying kites
  • Never fly kites near power lines or during thunderstorms
  • If the kite approaches a power line, release the string immediately
  • Do not attempt to retrieve a kite in a power line; notify an adult
  • Never use metallic string as kite string
  • Never use metal rods or other metal parts when building kites

Other outdoor tips for children:

  • Pad-mount transformers, areas around power substations, utility poles or other electric equipment are off-limits to children. Obey warning signs such as “Danger,” “High Voltage” or “Keep out”
  • Never carry fishing poles, flagpoles, ladders or anything tall in an upright position near power lines. If an object starts to fall into an overhead line, let it go!
  • Never touch or approach a downed power line. Report the hazard to an adult immediately
  • Do not climb fences or trees that are close to power lines

Today’s Post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

Safety and Security Manager for Plateau

koswald@plateautel.com