Kite flying safety tips
Before heading out, share these safety tips with your children:
- Do not fly where there are overhead power lines, railroad tracks, roadways or highways because kites can become unpredictable and dive at any time.
- Do not fly during storms.
- Be careful not to scare animals like horses or nesting birds.
- Watch out for line burns, when the string passes too quickly in your hand. Wear gloves when flying a larger kite.
- Be aware of your surroundings, including what is behind you and in front of you.
- Never fly a sport kite in crowded areas.
Kite basics for newbies
- Start with a delta kite, which is a single line kite and easy to fly. Deltas are three-sided and between 4 and 20 feet across the base. These kites often come in patterns or designs like ladybugs, airplanes or seagulls that appeal to kids.
- Next try a dual line, stunt kite. These kites have two lines or strings and can be steered with simple hand movements and, for the most part, are easy to work. Pulling on the right hand will turn the kite to the right and vice versa.
- As you advance, expand your skills with a quad line kite that has two lines on each handle. These are more difficult to operate, but can fly backwards and even take off and land upside down. They are best known for stunts and high performance.