Hatteras Island often provides ideal conditions for wind and water sports, including kiteboarding and recreational kite flying. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative reminds you to check the area above and around you before launching your kite. Make sure there are no electric power lines in the area!
Kiting on Hatteras Island can be pleasurable provided that those participating are responsible kiters. As with all hobbies and fun activities, there are safety issues that must be initially addressed. CHEC has had several incidents of kiteboarding equipment and personal hand held kites becoming entangled in our power lines. This can result in loss of electric power, serious personal injury and possibly loss of life. Always anticipate wind speed and directional change, as it can suddenly shift or become stronger. If you find yourself being pulled by your kite to closely to a power line, you must react immediately and release yourself completely from your kite.
Kite Safety Tips:
- Before gearing up and letting your kite soar, remember to "Look up and live" - check the immediate area around and above you to make sure there are no electric power lines in the immediate vicinity.
- Never kite alone.
- Remember, the wind on Hatteras Island can become strong very quickly, taking the kite and flyer in directions not intended.
- Exercise safe and courteous behavior when using kites.