Kite flying should be an enjoyable relaxing pass time. But like all activities there are some hazards for the participant, observers and even casual passers by. We need to follow a few simple guidelines to make sure that we and others stay safe:
- Don't leave kites, especially single line kites unattended. a large single line kite is spectacular, but the ground anchor and flying line represent a hazard to passers by. Mark the line at eye level and mark the ground anchor so that they can be easily seen
- Don't fly in thunderstorms. Its obvious really. Remember Benjamin Franklin's experiment. Damp kite line made of man made materials is an excellent conductor of electricity. Your kite will become a very pretty lightning conductor!
- Don't fly near power cables and telephone lines. you don't want to lose your kite wrapped around a telephone cable or power line (or pay the cost of recovery), and you don't want that interesting tingling feeling in the fingers as you get too close. More information can be found on the UK Power Networks website
- Don't fly over houses or other buildings. You don't want an irate homeowner complaining that you have knocked their chimney pot off!
- Don't fly over spectators. Ask them to move behind you where they will get a much better view. A sports kite travelling at speed can cause serious injury and even the most experienced pilot can suffer a breakage that may cause them to lose control.
- Don't fly within 3Km of airports or airstrips without first getting permission from the CAA. Its against the law.
- Don't fly in low cloud, mist or fog. The law requires you to keep 1000ft below the cloud ceiling.
- Don't fly above 60m above ground level unless you have previously got permission from the CAA. Its against the law
- Clear up after you. Don't leave general litter, and particularly don't leave broken carbon rod or fibreglass or dowel in public areas. Carbon fibre is invisible to x-rays, so a shard in a finger (or an animal's hoof) is difficult to trace.
- Don't scare the animals. Horses in particular get scared of kites and birds of prey have a probem with them too.