Safety rules - Règles de sécurité

Author : Glenn Davison.  the book, “Kites in the Classroom.”

A good location is free from obstructions with no trees, power lines, airports, cars, buildings, cyclists, skaters or pedestrians. The best places include large open fields, parks, hilltops and beaches.

Kite Safety
If we are courteous and use common sense, everyone can enjoy the sport and art of kitting while avoiding damage and injury. Fly your kite where it will not cause a hazard to yourself or others. Kites should be flown in an open area, away from people, roads, and obstructions.
Since kites and kite lines can be dangerous, safety should always be your primary concern. Be aware of the wind and your environment. If there is ever any question of safety, fly the kite in another location or on another day.

To fly safely, remember these important points:

  • Never fly your kite near power lines. If your kite becomes tangled in power lines, leave it there and notify your electric company of the situation
  • Never fly near cars
  • Never fly near an airport
  • Never fly in stormy weather or when a storm is approaching
  • Never fly over people
  • Avoid trees (they eat kites!)
  • Avoid flying your kite too high or allow it near air traffic
  • Always keep a safe distance from other people
  • Keep your kite under control, never unattended
  • The most frequent injury during kite flying is sunburn. Be sure to protect yourself from the sun with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
You can prevent problems by restricting the length of the flying line. Make it shorter than the distance to the nearest obstacle!

If your kite line gets stuck in a tree, release the tension and disconnect the line from the kite and remove them separately. Do not climb the tree.

A frequent injury during kite flying is a cut or burn from the kite line. Do not allow the line to zip through your fingers. Protect your hands by wearing gloves.
golden rules :

caution . common sense . respect for others
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