Kissimmee Utility Authority on May 22 unveiled the newest bucket truck in its fleet of response vehicles and used student artwork on the truck’s exterior to promote kite flying safety.
The 8-ton truck features the photo and artwork of the utility’s 2015 student calendar art contest winner, fifth grader Lean Hour Tan from Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Kissimmee. Tan’s entry — Never Fly Kites Near Power Lines — was one of 775 received in this year’s contest.
The truck, used for service restoration and streetlight repairs, will carry the kite flying safety messages for one year. The vehicle will also be featured in community events and parades as a way to reinforce the importance of electrical safety.
“We chose a utility bucket truck for this project because they are highly visible in the community and a reminder that contact with electricity requires special training and special equipment,” said KUA spokesperson Chris Gent. “We’re proud to share our safety message in this fun and unique way.”
Flying kites near power lines and electrical facilities is dangerous and can disrupt electric service if kites get tangled in power lines. KUA offers these tips for flying a kite safely:
- Fly kites only in open areas where there are no overhead power lines or electric facilities.
- Never attempt to remove a kite or anything caught in power lines.
- Avoid flying kites made with metallic wires or parts.
- While flying your kite, keep strings, wooden and paper parts completely dry.
- Never fly kites near television and radio antennas or satellite towers.
- If a kite, a toy or metallic balloon gets caught in power lines or ends up in an electrical facility, immediately report the incident by calling KUA at 407-933-9898.
KUA’s annual calendar project has received 53 local, state and national public relations and design awards since its inception in 1995.