A nice breeze on a summer day can be great for kite flying, but it’s important to remember that flying a kite near a power line can be deadly.
- Only fly kites in an open area, away from power lines.
- If a kite gets caught in a power line, do not try to remove it. Let go and contact the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) at (956) 983-6300.
- Never fly a kite that has a wire or wet string. It can conduct electricity and cause shock to the person holding on.
Always play it safe when flying a kite.
Note: It’s important that parents share these tips with their children to avoid dangerous situations or accidents.
DOWNED POWER LINES
A downed or low hanging power line can still have electricity running through it and can cause serious injury or even death. If you see a downed power line, call 911 immediately.
Here are some important tips to remember:
- Never go near a downed power line. A strong wind may cause the line to move quickly and violently.
- Do not drive over a downed power line or under a low hanging power line.
- Do not attempt to remove a person, animal or tree that is caught in a power line. Again, call 911 for help.
Downed power lines can be very dangerous. Power lines are more likely to be down during a hurricane or storm, so be on the lookout.
TREES AND POWER LINES DON'T MIX
When trees make contact with power lines, it can be very dangerous. To avoid a potential danger, keep trees trimmed away from any power lines you may have near your home.
- Survey the area for any hidden power lines before you begin trimming trees.
- If you see a power line in or close to a tree, call BPUB at (956) 983-6300 to come out and trim the tree for you.
- Don’t wait until a storm or hurricane is nearby to call for a tree trimming. Be prepared beforehand.
Trees and power lines don’t mix, so it is important to always keep your trees trimmed at least 10 feet away from any power line.
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