Stay safe by flying kites away from power lines

Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) would like to remind Nunavummiut to stay safe by flying kites away from power lines.

There have been a number of reports of kites being entangled in power lines across the territory. Kite strings can conduct electricity and cause serious injury or death.

To avoid danger, please remember:

  • Never fly a kite near overhead power lines. If you do get your kite tangled in power lines, immediately let go of the kite string and handle then move away. Don’t attempt to remove it and report the incident to QEC’s 24-hour emergency number at 1-833-313-3030.
  • If the wind pushes your kite near a power line or electrical facility, let go of it. Don’t chase kites into dangerous environments.
  • The best place to fly your kite is in an open space away from power lines, roads, and airport runways.
  • Avoid flying kites that contain parts made out of metal or wires.
  • Don’t fly your kite in bad weather. Lightning strikes are increasing in the arctic and flying a kite in bad weather could put you at risk of electrocution.

QEC would like to thank Nunavummiut for their cooperation.

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Media Contact:
Renee Boucher
Acting Manager, Corporate Communications
Qulliq Energy Corporation
rboucher@qec.nu.ca
(867) 979-7524