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Have a Safe (and Fun!) Kite Season

Kite Safety Oncor Celebrates National Kite Month with Important Safety Tips

DALLAS --(Business Wire)-- Apr 08, 2009 Kites are a great way for children to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. However, if they are not used properly, especially near power lines, kites can also be very dangerous.

With the warm weather and cool breezes, it’s no wonder April is National Kite Month. Oncor has some special safety suggestions for playing it safe while enjoying this fun, family activity, along with some general outdoor safety tips for kids.

Oncor offers these kite safety tips for children:

  • Adults should always supervise children flying kites.
  • Never fly kites near power lines or during thunderstorms. Ben Franklin was lucky. Kites and lightning don’t mix.
  • If the kite approaches a power line, release the string immediately. Never touch a power line or anything that is touching a power line, as it could be electrified and dangerous.
  • Do not attempt to retrieve a kite in a power line; notify an adult to call 9-1-1. The authorities will know how to safely remove the kite.
  • Never use metallic string as kite string. While pretty, strings with metallic pieces are conductors of electricity and could lead to a serious injury or even death if electrified.
  • Never use metal rods or other metal parts when building kites. Metal is a conductor of electricity and could lead to a shock or very serious injury for the kite flyer if it comes in contact with a power line.
Other outdoor tips for children:
  • Pad-mount transformers, areas around substations, utility poles or other electric equipment are off-limits to children. Obey warning signs such as “Danger,” “High Voltage” or “Keep Out.”
  • Never touch or approach a downed power line. Report the hazard to an adult immediately, who should call 9-1-1. Assume that power lines and anything touching the power lines are electrified and thus dangerous.
  • Do not climb fences or trees that are close to power lines.
Remember, it’s not enough to just know these tips — you have to actually follow them, too. To view these electric safety tips or for more from Oncor’s Lifetime of Safety program, visit www.oncor.com/safety.


Topics | Safety | Go Fly a Kite!


Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (“Oncor”) is a regulated electric distribution and transmission business that uses superior asset management skills to provide reliable electricity delivery to consumers. Oncor operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, delivering power to approximately 3 million homes and businesses and operating approximately 117,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Texas. While Oncor is owned by a limited number of investors (including majority owner, Energy Future Holdings Corp.), Oncor is managed by its Board of Directors, which is comprised of a majority of independent directors.