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Flag Care

How to Care for a Flag


Over time, your flag will wear and may tear as well. Some say to replace the flag as soon as it shows signs of damage, but you can make small, generally unoticeable repairs to the flag as long as it looks undamaged. Try not to expose your flag to unfavorable weather (extreme winds, heavy rain, snow). Do Not roll up, fold, or otherwise crease a wet flag; allow it to dry laid out flat. Warm water and soap is acceptable to use, as long as the flag doesn't sit in the water any longer than neccessary for washing. Colors can run if the flag is left in the water too long.


Outdoor Flag Care


Nylon and Cotton flags are generally expected to last around 3 months (90 days). Flags should only be flown during daylight hours, unless flag is lighted. Studies have shown that the lifespan of flags flown 24 hours a day is approximately one fourth of what is expected.


Indoor Flag Care


Dry cleaning is recommended for Indoor Flags. In the months of June and July, some dry cleaners offer free flag cleaning services, so be sure to check your area.



Flag Size

How to Determine Flag Size


Although there is no official Flag Code for determining the correct flag size for your flagpole height, for aesthetic reasons, it is important to choose the a flag that is proportionate. The rule of thumb is that the length of the flag should be one-fourth or one-third the height of the flagpole. Traditionally, most people follow the one-fourth rule when choosing a flag size for their flagpole.


Tips


If you are displaying two flags on a flagpole, choose a size smaller than the recommended flag size for your flagpole height. For example, if you should display a 4' x 6' flag on your flagpole, fly two 3' x 5' flags instead. If you would like the higher flag to be larger, use a 3' x 5' flag on top and a 2' x 3' flag at the bottom.

Flagpole Height and Recommended Flag Size Chart:

15 Foot -- 3' x 5' 20 Foot -- 3' x 5'
25 Foot -- 4' x 6' 30 Foot -- 5' x 8'
40 Foot -- 6' x 10' 45 Foot -- 6' x 10'
50 Foot -- 8' x 12' 60 Foot -- 10' x 15'
65 Foot -- 10' x 19' 70 Foot -- 12' x 18'

H.R. 42 (109th): Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005


To learn more about this act, please visit https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr42/text.

Definitions

For purposes of this Act--

  1. the term `flag of the United States' has the meaning given the term `flag, standard, colors, or ensign' under section 3 of title 4, United States Code;
  2. the terms `condominium association' and `cooperative association' have the meanings given such terms under section 604 of Public Law 96-399 (15 U.S.C. 3603);
  3. the term `residential real estate management association' has the meaning given such term under section 528 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 528); and
  4. the term `member'--
    1. as used with respect to a condominium association, means an owner of a condominium unit (as defined under section 604 of Public Law 96-399 (15 U.S.C. 3603)) within such association;
    2. as used with respect to a cooperative association, means a cooperative unit owner (as defined under section 604 of Public Law 96-399 (15 U.S.C. 3603)) within such association; and
    3. as used with respect to a residential real estate management association, means an owner of a residential property within a subdivision, development, or similar area subject to any policy or restriction adopted by such association.

Right to Display the Flag of the United States

A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent a member of the association from displaying the flag of the United States on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.

Limitations

Nothing in this Act shall be considered to permit any display or use that is inconsistent with--

  1. any provision of chapter 1 of title 4, United States Code, or any rule or custom pertaining to the proper display or use of the flag of the United States (as established pursuant to such chapter or any otherwise applicable provision of law); or
  2. any reasonable restriction pertaining to the time, place, or manner of displaying the flag of the United States necessary to protect a substantial interest of the condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association.

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