Kite flying is a wholesome past-time especially during summer months. However, if you fly your kites near electrical lines, you are exposing yourself to real danger.
City Ordinance No. 1471:
An Ordinance regulating Kite-flying within the jurisdiction area of the City of Cebu.
It states that:
Sec. 1 - The flying of kites within the City of Cebu is allowed only in an open space with an area of not less than three thousand (3,000) square meters, In areas where there are no electrical, telephone or other wirings or connections, the open space area requirement does not apply. Kite flying is strictly prohibited in roads, streets, bridges, alleys, thoroughfares and other places having electrical, telephone or other similar wirings or connections.
Sec. 2 - No child below twelve (12) years of age is allowed to indulge in kite-flying unless he/she is accompanied by a responsible adult person.
Sec. 3 - Any person who violates any provision of this ordinance shall suffer a fine not less than Php 200.00 or an imprisonment of not less than five (5) days or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court. Provided however, that if the offender is a minor, the parent's/ guardian or any person who is responsible for the acts of the offender shall answer for the criminal and/ or civil liability as a result of such violation.
Retrieving kites entangled in power lines
Do not fly kites near power lines, substations and switch stations. When a kite gets entangled with a power line or land on a substation, this can cause power outages and contribute inconvenience to the community.
Do not use metal strings in making a kite. You can be electrocuted when the strings get in touch with power lines.
To prevent electrocution, do not retrieve kites by yourself. Call VECO (230-8326) and let a professional do the job.