The Kite Flyer's Safety Code
|Choose a flying site at least 5 km (3 miles) from an airfield, away from roads and railway lines.
|Never fly a kite near electric pylons, overhead power cables or overhead lines of any kind. If you kite gets caught in overhead lines, do not try to remove it yourself. Seek help from your local authorities.
|Do not fly in a thunderstorm, the kite could act as a lightening conductor (remember Ben Franklin?). Being struck by lightening could cause serious injury of even death.
|Avoid flying over the heads of other people or animals as this could cause them alarm, or worse yet, injury. If people walk under your kite to watch they may be unaware of the dangers. To avoid any problems fly your kite up to the top of the wind window and wait for them to move out of danger.
|Do not fly your kite over the legal limit in your country. In the United Kingdom this is 60m (200 ft) as stated by the Civil Aviation Authority.
|Wear protective gloves, especially for larger kites and in stronger winds to avoid string burns.
|Do not fly your kite over vehicles. The kite could hit the vehicle causing distraction to the driver and possibly an accident, not to mention damage to your kite. Your kite could also get caught on a moving vehicle which could drag you to the ground. Ouch!! This could result in serious injury.
|Keep away from flying too close to other kites unless stunting or kite fighting.
|Don't forget some sunglasses and a
bottle of sunscreen remembering that harmful ultra-violet rays can penetrate the clouds.
Wear safety gear, helmet, gloves etc when power kiting.
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