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Recreation safety

Flying kites and perfecting your fishing cast can be fun. But that fun can turn dangerous if you play too close to power lines or other electrical gear. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts to make your play time safer.


  • Never cast fishing lines under power lines.
  • Avoid flying model airplanes near power lines.
  • Never fly your kite around power lines or substation facilities.
  • Avoid flying kites around trees or towers.
  • Never release metallic balloons near electrcial lines.
  • Avoid climbing trees or using ladders in trees to retrieve kits, serious injury can occur.
  • Don't let children play or climb on wooden utility poles or metal transmission towers or any trees that may bring them into contact with power lines.


  • Build or fly kites made of wood or plastic. Use cloth for the tail.
  • Fly kites in wide open areas, away from power lines.
  • Use cotton, linen or nylon string. Metallic thread, wire or wire-reinforced string can cause serious injury or death if they come in contact with energized equipment.
  • Fly kites in dry weather. Wet kite string is a strong conductor of electricity.
  • For more kite flying safety tips and interesting aerodynamic experiments go to the NASA web site at
Kite stuck in a power line? Call us
If a kite gets caught in electrical lines or falls into a substation, leave it there. Do not touch any part of the kite or string. Call us at 1-888-742-SMUD (7683) and a SMUD employee will be able to safely retrieve it.


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