Whenever you do anything fun, there’s always a risk of some sort of danger. But when you think about safety issues, the last thing you think about is the dangers of kite flying. It seems like a simple enough activity; take a kite, add some string, watch it soar. A kite is light enough, it couldn’t possibly cause any damage….right?
Not so fast.
Kites aren’t all silk and fabric. They’re held together by poles, which are sometimes made of wire. If you think about it, seeing a kite fly is pretty exciting, but so are the moments when they come crashing into the ground. If that wire were to hit someone, it could cause fatal damages. According to local Sacramento DUI Attorney Michael Rehm, in Richmond, California there’s actually a code enforcement law that prohibits kites that are made from wire from being used.
Since kites are pretty free-flowing and flying, there’s also the danger of a kite getting caught in an electrical power line. Added to the fact that the poles on a kite can be sharp, this can lead to damage and electrical fires if you don’t use the proper caution in choosing your kite flying venue appropriately. Not only can a kite cause a fire if it tangles into an electrical wire, but it can also electrocute the person who is flying a kite.
You should also use extreme caution when flying a kite in the rain or stormy weather. The wire that the poles are made from, or even a wet kite line can act as an electrical conductor to lightning. What might seem like a fun activity for the family could prove to be a tragic mistake.
Some kites are more powerful than others. If you’ve ever shopped for a kite, they come in a number of colors and sizes ranging from child size to the size of a hot air balloon. Larger kites can be strong enough to lift and propel the kite flyer without them being able to control it. Be sure you know how strong your kite is and what the dangers are. This is particularly important for children who obviously weight much less than an adult.
Kites can fly incredibly high—it’s one of their many appeals. It’s unlikely that a kite would be as fun if it just hovered below the ground. But because they can reach such amazing heights, many urban areas have a law or city ordinance about how high or which areas that a kite can be flown in. While it might seem like a trivial rule that doesn’t need to be in place, put some thought into what else a kite shares the sky with. It might be different if the sky was all kites, but airplanes and helicopters are flying at any given time. Kites can reach those heights when they’re designed for it. Anything that restricts a pilots vision or crosses their path unexpectedly can have horrible results.
Yes, kite flying can cause a lot of damage. It can cause electrocution, fires, injuries, and plane crashes. It’s scary, but it doesn’t mean that you should stop flying the family kite all together. You just have to use extreme caution when doing so. Like we said in the beginning, every activity, no matter how minor always has some risk factors. The most dangerous is not knowing what the risks are and unknowingly injuring yourself and others. Just know what you’re doing, practice caution, and follow the laws and rules of the area you’re in, and kite flying will still remain the same fun family pastime that it always has been!