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DETROIT EDISON OFFERS KITE FLYING SAFETY TIPS

 DETROIT, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- It's hard to resist the tug of a warm spring breeze on the string of a kite. But it's a safe bet that your kite will soar higher if you avoid tangling with Detroit Edison's utility poles and electric lines.
 Detroit Edison offers a few sinple rules to help you stay safe while having fun:
 -- Select a good, level, open space. Wires, poles, trees, large stones, ruts and ditches can cause injury.
 -- If a kite becomes lodged in a high tree, utility pole or wire, don't try to get it down. If kites or other objects are caught on Detroit Edison wires or poles, please call the utility at 1-800-477-4747 with the location.
 -- Don't fly kites in threatening weather. If a kite is hit by lightning, its wet string will conduct the electricity.
 -- Use light-weight wood for kite frames.
 -- Use strong, dry cord for kite string. Don't use kites containing metal or wire parts. Metal and wire serve as conductors when they come in contact with electrical equipment. In addition, exposed nails and pins may injure hands and arms.
 -- Be cautious of sudden wind gusts that can knock you off balance. Also, wind gusts can pull the kite cord quickly through your hand, causing burns.
 -- Avoid traffic areas such as streets, highways and railroad rights-of-way.
 -- Don't fly kites from rooftops or other elevated structures unless they are protected by enclosures high enough to prevent a fall.
 -0- 4/1/93
 /CONTACT: Mary Kay Bean, 313-237-8809, or Lorie N. Kessler, 313-237-8807, both of Detroit Edison/
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