For Immediate Release: April 15, 2019

Fly kites safely and with caution

SMUD offers kite flying safety tips

Spring is the best time for flying kites. Before flying any kite, though, be sure to be safe because kites and electrical power lines and equipment don’t mix. SMUD offers simple precautions to help make kite flying safer.

  • Build or buy wood or plastic kites. Only use cloth for the tail.
  • Fly kites in wide, open areas, far away from power lines.

  • Only use cotton, linen or nylon string. Never use metallic thread or metal-reinforced string, which can cause a fire, serious injury or death, if it comes in contact with energized electrical equipment.

  • Fly kites only in dry weather. Wet string is a stronger conductor of electricity.

  • Leave the kite if it gets caught in electrical lines or falls into a substation. Do not touch any part of the kite or string and keep everyone away.

To have a SMUD employee come out to safely retrieve a kite caught in power lines or equipment, call 1-888-742-SMUD (7683). For additional electrical safety tips, visit