Tutorials : Kite Safety
by John Lutter, KiteStop.com
It is very important to keep safety in mind when you go out to the kite field. Kite flying is a fun sport, but can easily turn dangerous if you do not follow some safety procedures.
As a kiteflyer, it is your responsibility to make sure you fly safely. Please try to use common sense and follow some of the tips below to prevent damage to property or injury to yourself or a bystander.
- NEVER fly near Airports, Power Lines, Roads and Moving Vehicles. When you are picking out a location to fly your kite, try to find an clear, open area that is relatively clear of trees and other obstacles (like light poles and other people) that your kite or kiteline might get caught up in. Nothing ruins a kite flying day faster than getting your kite stuck in a tree or light pole.
- NEVER fly in the rain or lightning. Electricity in clouds is attracted to damp kite lines and foolish kite flyers.
- DO NOT fly in wind that is too strong or too light. Winds between 5 - 25 mph are the best to fly in. Any more and you run the risk of breaking your kite or kite line. Most kites come with a recommended wind range. Follow the manufacturers guidelines to prevent breaking your kite or kiteline.
- ALWAYS stay away from spectators or passers-by. Kites should never be flown where spectators could be injured by a stray kite.
- DO NOT panic if your kite gets wrapped with another. If you find that your kite has tangled with another, do not yank the line or it might break. The flyers should walk together and the tangle will slide right down the line to where you can unwrap it.
- ALWAYS be courteous. Kiteflying is fun, remember to be considerate and never be a danger to yourself or others!