Northern Virginia residents and business owners are being warned about the dangers of flying kites, balloons, drones and other objects near power lines.
Power outages may occur if they touch the lines, according to a release from Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC). Those who are touching a metallic kite or balloon could be electrocuted, as well.
“Be aware of your surroundings and always keep flying objects far from power lines,” Construction Manager Skip Hollcroft said in the release.
Youth and adults are advised to fly nonmetallic items and devices in open fields.
They are also encouraged to use strings for kites and balloons. A weight can help prevent balloons from floating off.
Anything that becomes stuck on a power line shouldn’t be removed by community members. Instead, NOVEC in Manassas must be contacted at 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.
More safety suggestions are available on NOVEC’s website. Balloon safety information can be found on Balloons Blow’s website or the U.S Fish & Wildlife Services website.