Kite Safety

Here are a few tips and some safety information. Please take a bit of time to read this before flying your kite.

Always read the instructions first and keep them safe in your pocket incase you need to refer back to them later. These normally give the proper assembly information as well as basic flying hints and tips. A guideline to the suitable wind strength for the kite may also be shown. Do not exceed the maximum wind speed as the kite can become uncontrollable and may suffer damage.
All kites should be used under the direct supervision of an adult.
Remember kite strings can be a strangulation hazard.
Never fly kites in wet or stormy weather. Static electricity can build up and be conducted down the line. This is also the reason why you should never fly a kite with wire or anything metallic in the line.
Never fly kites over other people's heads or in an area where someone else could be injured from an out of control kite. Always make sure there is plenty of room around you.
Do not fly close to roads or paths. Not only can it be dangerous if the kite comes down but it can distract drivers as well.
Keep away from overhead power lines, transmission towers, telephone lines and aerials. If your kite gets caught DO NOT attempt to rescue it yourself ask for help from the right people such as the electricity company.
Always be aware of what is behind you, be it people, roads or even cliffs! It is easy to be distracted by the kite and step back.
Always wear gloves for strong pulling kites.
Do not fly near airports or above 200 feet (60 metres).
Always tidy up after you. Take away any odd bits of line you have discarded, the bag that the kite came in, etc. Dispose responsibly or recycle.
Be careful of animals, they can be easily frightened by flying kites—particularly dual and four line kites.
If you have purchased a dual line sports or power kite, consider taking lessons in how to fly the kite. Training is particularly important for power kites as these can be very dangerous if not flown properly.
Finally, be courteous and think of others. Not everyone is happy with kites buzzing around them. If someone else thinks your kite is a danger to others and asks you to stop—do so. They may be more aware of what is happening than you are.
Fly safe, and have fun.
The team at Kiteworld

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