How To Fly Your Kite Safely

Posted by Kirsten Turonis on

Find An Open Space

Select an area that is clear of obstacles like houses, trees and power lines. Beaches and parks are usually good locations, but remember that kites can crash and be destroyed by the waves. Fly only where the kite will not create a hazard.

When & Where To Fly A Kite

Kites can be flown at any time of the year as long as the wind is right. It is recommended that you observe the wind range for your type of kite. Do not fly a kite on days when the wind is too strong for the type of kite you are flying. This will only damage the kite. Most kites should not be flown in more than 20 mph. Never fly in rain or lightning. Electricity in clouds is attracted to damp kite lines and you could get hurt.

Stay Away From Power Lines
Never fly near power lines


  • If your kite gets tangled in power line, drop the string to the ground and call your local power company for help
  • Do not try to get the kite down yourself
  • Some power lines carry extremely high voltages. Kite string or kites can become conductors of electricity if they are damp
  • You could be killed or seriously injured if your kite gets tangles on high voltage power line
  • Never fly a kite during an approaching storm or in rain, as a wet line will conduct electricity
  • Do not use wire as flying line
  • Always observe local air safety regulations. Avoid flying in air traffic patterns close to airports
  • Large kites can be dangerous and require extra care. Wear gloves when flying large kites
  • A large kite can drag you. Always use a release system
  • Do not let the line run through your fingers or hands at a fast rate- it will burn or cut you
  • Do not use blades or pointed objects on a kite or line
  • Do not throw heavy objects at an entrapped kite. Instead, try to let the kite fly itself free


Knots    MPH    Wind Scale Name
4-6         4-7       Leaves rustle - Light Wind Speed
7-10       8-12     Small flags - fly Gentle Wind Speed
11-16    13-18    Dust flies - Moderate Wind Speed
17-21    19-24    Trees sway - flying risky - Fresh and Crisp Wind Speed
22-27    25-31    Trees bend - do not fly - Strong Wind Speed

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