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In the United States, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for kite safety include the following:
– Kites may not be operated less than 500 feet from the base of any cloud;
– More than 500 feet above the surface of the earth;
– Where ground visibility is less than 3 miles;
– Within 5 miles from any airport;
– No one may operate a kite more than 150 feet above the earth’s surface without giving the following information to the nearest FAA or Air Traffic Control center at least 24 hours before you plan to fly your kite:
The names and addresses of the owners and operators;
The size and weight of the kite;
The location of the operation or event;
The height above the surface of the earth at which the kite is to be operated; and
The date, time and duration of the event
No one may operate a kite between sunrise and sunset unless its lines have colored pennants or streamers attached at not more than 50 feet intervals beginning at 150 feet above the surface of the earth and are visible for at least 1 mile.
NEVER fly a kite near trees…
If your kite gets caught in a tree, just leave it there. You can really get hurt trying to climb up or down a tree, especially if the tree branches look like they will support your weight but you find out after a fall that the branches could not support your weight;
NEVER fly a kite near power lines…
If your kite gets caught in a power line, just leave it there. The kite and the kite line can conduct electricity, causing you to be electrocuted. Call your local power company to get the kite out of the power line safely.
NEVER fly a kite near other people…
If people are watching you fly your kite, ask them to stand behind you. Explain to them that changes in wind conditions make it dangerous for people standing in front of you or on the side of you when you are flying your kite.
NEVER fly a kite near highways, bicyclists, joggers, pedestrians or animals…..
You don’t want your kite to strike a building, where you might accidentally break a window, strike a car windshield distract drivers or excite dogs, cows or horses. Often wind conditions change suddenly and an unexpected change in the direction of a flying kite can seriously hurt a jogger, pedestrian or passerby if hit with a kite. Not only can you hurt others but you can also hurt yourself if the kite gets out of control.
NEVER fly a kite near buildings., hills or trees…When the wind goes around buildings, hills or trees turbulence that is invisible to the naked eye can cause a kite to go out of control.
NEVER leave kite line lying on the ground or a stake in the ground with your kite tied to it…It is very easy to trip over things lying on the ground, causing injury to yourself and to others.
NEVER fly a kite on ice unless there are a minimum of 12 inches of solid, frozen ice on the lake, pond or body of water upon which you plan to use to fly your kite…
Check with your local parks and recreation dept. to confirm whether or not conditions are safe for kite flying on ice. Do not fly a kite on ice in a remote area.
NEVER fly a kite alone in an isolated area, away from other people and, especially, NEVER fly a kite at night unless you have lights on the tail of your kite…
Wear gloves, sunscreen and bug repellant to protect your skin.
Many people fly their kites away from home when they are on vacation or at kite festivals at some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and coastlines. Weather patterns vary from place to place, and it is a good idea to be aware of lightening and thunder safety.
If you hear thunder when you are flying your kite, it is a good idea to know how far away you are from the rain and lightening. Lightening can be tricky and is very dangerous. In some places, even when the sun is shining, there is thunder, lightening and buckets of rain! Count the number of seconds between the time you see a lightening flash and the time you hear thunder and divide this number by five. (Each second is equal to one mile). For example, if you see lightening and it takes 12 seconds before you hear thunder, then the lightening is almost 2 -1/2 miles away and it is a good idea to find shelter.
It is a good idea to stop flying your kite and go indoors if there are 30 seconds or less between the time you see lightening and hear thunder. When you no longer hear thunder, wait at least 30 minutes before you go back outdoors.
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