With the New Year approaching, it is only natural for cities all over the world to hold their very own celebrations. Since the start of the 2000s, when camera phones became more and more available (and affordable), it has been a staple on celebrations. People always want to bring out their phones – no matter what is happening around them. From fireworks displays, parades, to concerts both indoors and out; people want to take the visuals home with them. What better way to do so than with a great camera phone?
Drones and Celebrations
The answer to that question is simple: drones. The next generation of cameras can fly in the sky while never missing any of the action. Capable of highly detailed shots and amazing vantage points, these drones are changing the game when it comes to video recording. With drones being more affordable and available in stores, these flying devices may soon see more action in celebrations. More people can afford them, more can bring them in vacations, and more can fly them without any hesitation.
New Year Sights
One thing to consider however is that flying a drone contains risks – and regulations that come with them. This New Year’s Eve, you may be tempted to fly your new drone. Maybe you received one for the Holidays and you are thinking to yourself: what better occasion to use it this soon? And what better sight to see as well! Here you will see fireworks bursting through the night sky and lighting up the world below. The magnitude of fireworks and celebrations only happen once a year, so for a lot of people this year, a drone would be the perfect companion.
The Drama with Drones
While this is all well and good, flying a drone this New Year may not be the best option. First of all, the combination of exploding fireworks and flying drones can only lead to disaster. One mistake – a drone flying too close to a firecracker – can send it crashing down. This is not only bad for your drone, which can receive damage (and require repairs or even replacements). A falling drone can damage the area it crashes into.
You may be looking at damages to something mundane (but still costly) such as broken windows. In other occurrences however, a crashed drone may start fires due to malfunctioning hardware. In a perfect storm, a fire may start in an area with a lot of kindling – such as forests, or even woodland communities. Forest fires have started in the past and turned into roaring flames that devoured large areas because of crashed drones. These fires caused havoc in arid areas all over the west coast of the United States. At the end of the incident, estimates of damages went into hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Spinning Out of Control
Another risk of a falling drone is the people in the area themselves. Incidents in the past, involved drone injuring people in parks and other public places. Drones often fly at high areas, and a falling piece can create enough momentum to significantly hurt someone unlucky enough to be in the path. In crowded areas – parties, parades, concerts, etc. the risk of multiple
Drones have fast spinning rotors that can easily cause harm during even seconds of contact. Children in particular are at risk – it is well-documented that they are more prone to receive these injuries. Curious by nature, children see flying objects and attempt to hold their hands out to grab them.
This New Year’s Eve, celebrations are everywhere. For everyone’s safety, especially in public areas, make sure to become a responsible drone owner. Let the official drones of the event do the job of capturing the scenery. This is because the people organizing the event can ensure the drone can fly in an area away from the path of fireworks. This creates a safer environment for everyone involved.