Flying kites on residential streets is an activity fraught with danger. Street parties and the like can be a lot of fun. They are a great way of getting the whole community together and an opportunity to get to know your neighbours. However, various safety precautions need to be taken to ensure they are not marred by an accident on the road.
What are the main dangers of flying kites on residential streets?
When assessing the dangers of flying kites on residential streets, the first place to look is the kite itself. Kites come in various shapes and sizes, but virtually all of them have sharp corners somewhere. These can cause significant injuries if the kite plummets to the ground in the wrong place. Imagine one of those corners crashing into your eye. Unpleasant.
Then there’s the wires and strings to worry about. If you’re not careful, kite strings can easily become a strangulation hazard. This is one of a number of reasons why young children should only fly kites under adult supervision.
The other main danger of flying kites on residential streets is the distraction they present. Distractions on the road can all too easily lead to traffic accidents between motorists and pedestrians.
Kites are distracting for both those flying them and those simply in the vicinity. The person flying the kite is likely to have their eyes glued to the sky. This significantly diminishes their awareness of their surroundings, which in turn increases the likelihood of an accident on the road.
Kites can also be distracting for spectators. Anyone driving along the road may look up to admire the kite and, before you know it, cause an accident on the road.
How can I avoid accidents with flying kites on residential streets?
The first step is to ensure children are supervised at all times. For street parties, establish clear ground rules about where they can and cannot fly the kite.
If possible, close the street to motorists for the duration of the event. These immediately eliminate the risk of road traffic accidents – by far the most significant potential hazard to health.
Any accident on the road can be distressing, particularly if it wasn’t your fault. If you are injured in a road traffic accident, call Accident Advice Helpline today.
Our expert advisors can establish your eligibility to claim road injury compensation. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice