Utility Offers Safety Tips on National Kite Flying Day

KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 8, 2017 – Today is National Kite Flying Day, a great time to go fly a kite.

People have enjoyed flying kites for thousands of years. It’s an ever popular activity for children, and enjoyed by many adults, too. Ben Franklin was perhaps the most well-known kite flyer. He flew a kite during a thunderstorm to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning. He got a charge out of flying kites, literally.

While it is a fun activity, Kissimmee Utility Authority wants to remind residents that flying kites near power lines and electrical facilities can be dangerous and can disrupt electric service if kites get tangled in power lines. Here are some helpful 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.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.