Springtime on Hatteras Island often provides ideal conditions for wind and water sports, including kiteboarding and recreational kite flying. CHEC recently adopted the campaign, “Look Up and Live” in an effort to bring awareness to the potential dangers of overhead power lines. CHEC has had several incidents of kiteboarding equipment and personal handheld kites becoming entangled in power lines. These incidents can result in loss of electric power, monetary fines, serious personal injury and loss of life.
CHEC continues to work with local watersports companies and the National Park Service to help educate both local and visiting wind-sport enthusiasts on the important safety steps that need to take place before launching equipment. By spreading the message of “Look Up and Live” and installing warning signs near power lines close to the Pamlico Sound, CHEC hopes to encourage safe kiting practices. Since adopting these safety initiatives, the number of kiting incidents the Cooperative has experienced has been reduced in recent years.
Kite Safety Tips:
Whether you’re a seasoned kiteboarder, just starting out or flying a recreational kite for fun, there are important safety steps to remember. It is important to always anticipate wind speed and directional change, as it is can suddenly shift or become stronger. If you find yourself being pulled by your kite toward a power line, you must react immediately and release yourself completely from your kite. Here are some more helpful tips to consider before you launch a kite of any size:
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 winds 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.
If you do lose control of your kite or it is inevitable that a kite is going to make contact with a power line, release yourself immediately from your equipment.