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People who fly kites know that kite flying provides both excitement and tranquility. Kite flying mistakes are rarely serious. If the string breaks, you may mourn the loss, but also cheer its flight of freedom. Many dangers can be completely avoided by making careful, conscious choices about where, when, and how you fly your kite. 

The Perfect Spot
The right location will insure your kite flying success. Winds at ground level are greatly influenced by terrain, constantly changing their speed and direction. Beaches and open fields are ideal as there are few obstacles to disturb the air currents. Never fly near power lines, trees, public streets or highways. Never fly a kite in the vicinity of an airport. Never fly a kite with wire or anything metallic in its line. If your kite falls into a power line, drop the flying line and call the local power company immediately. Never attempt to retrieve a kite out of utility lines yourself.

Wind Speed
Most kites are designed to fly within certain wind ranges. So before rushing out to launch your new kite, always assess the wind conditions. Refer here to the
Beaufort Wind Scale.
1. Check that you have the correct strength line for the conditions and size of your kite.
2. Never fly in wet or stormy weather.
3. Keep your flying line dry.
4. Do not leave flying kites unattended as the winds can change suddenly and send your kite off on a perilous journey.

Kite Etiquette
Be sure to give people, animals, and other kite fliers enough space. Sport kites can reach speeds of over one hundred miles per hour. Please be responsible and never dive or swoop your kite over people or animals.

What You'll Need
With a kite and flying line in tow, you don't need much more than a gentle breeze to enjoy a kite. However, add these items to your kite tote, and your experience is sure to be a safe and pleasant one.

Gloves: We recommend that you always wear gloves. It's especially important when flying larger kites and in stronger winds. However, even light kite line can cause cuts and burns.

Sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun and wind. Even on overcast days the brightness of the sun can be intense. Remember to use your sunscreen.

Lighter and Pocket Knife: Make on-site bridle adjustments and repairs to your kite or kite line.



What you'll need if you ignore our simple guidelines.

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