Enjoy Flying Drones Safely by Following These Tips

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, used to seem like far-off futuristic technology, but today, there are hundreds of thousands flying across the skies. While drones can be safe when used correctly, they may pose serious risks near electrical equipment or power lines.

Flying drones close to wires, substations, or other equipment may cause serious damage and pose significant safety risks to you or other people nearby. If your drone does veer off course and crash near or into EPE equipment, never try to retrieve it yourself.

Always prioritize safety when flying your drone by remembering these tips.

  • Become a licensed pilot before flying a drone. 

  • Register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration.

  • Fly your drone at or below 400 feet.

  • Do not fly in dark or windy conditions.

  • Keep your drone where you can see it.

  • Stay at least 200 feet away from power lines or other electrical equipment.

  • Never try to get your drone if it crashes near a downed line or substation.

    Call the Trouble and Emergencies Department at (915) 877-3400 in Texas and (575) 523-7591 in New Mexico,

    and we’ll help you retrieve it safely. 

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