Detroit Edison Offers Kite Flying Safety Tips

April 19, 2010

DETROIT, April 19 /PRNewswire/ — Spring is finally here and the sky soon will be dotted with brightly colored kites and radio-controlled model airplanes. While enjoying the outdoors, 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 them. Call the utility at (800) 477-4747 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.

SOURCE Detroit Edison

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