The weather's warming up and that means we'll soon be seeing more kite-flying.  But Southwestern Electric Power Company is reminding area residents

that metallic coatings on Mylar helium balloons and on kites can cause power losses and even damage SWEPCO's electrical grid.  The utility has some tips for safe kite-flying -- never use wire, tinsel, or and metal in kite construction or as string -- never fly a kite near power lines -- if a kite does get caught in a power line, leave it there and call SWEPCO -- and, for goodness sake, don't fly kites on rainy days -- especially if there's a possibility of lightning in the area.