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Before you fly a kite
Always read the instructions first. These would normally give the proper assembly
information as well as basic flying hints and tips. A guideline to the strength of
the wind suitable for the kite may also be printed — do not exceed this as the kite
can become uncontrollable
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 peoples’ 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
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 but be aware that gloves will not fully
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, the kite trader you bought the kite from should be able to guide
you in the right direction. Close Encounters Kite Display Team give free lessons.
Training is particularly important for power kites as these can be very dangerous
if not flown properly.
Always 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.