IS a dangerous hobby.
You can, however, take steps to maximize your chances of enjoying your next birthday party outside the hospital ward.
So what are the main dangers? Always expect the following to go wrong:
|Danger||What can I do?|
|Shrapnel from exploding rockets||
|Rockets flying directly at people||
|Ballistic return to Earth||
Use Common Sense. If something looks dangerous, it probably is.
Don't exceed material ratings. It may be tempting to push things to their limits to get more performance from a rocket, but a failed launcher component can be just as dangerous.
Observe local laws and regulations. Always follow the local laws when flying rockets. If you don't know what the laws are then ask someone!
Don't shoot a rocket towards any object or people. They may fire back!
Flammable liquids. Almost every water rocketeer has had this exact same thought at one time or another about using flammable liquids in water rockets. No matter how tempting this may be just DON'T DO IT . The short lived thrill comes at a great risk to your health.
Don't rush a launch. It is always better to abort a launch if there is a problem and try again later.
Don't launch in high wind conditions. A rocket can be carried a long way down range where you may not know what it will hit.
Cutting bottles. Use scissors to cut bottles rather than a hobby knife. Bottles are soft and a knife can easily slip.
We present a lot of videos, photos, designs and experiments on this site. These sometimes appear simple to do, but can get you in a lot of trouble quickly if you are not paying attention. If you wish to duplicate some of the things you see here please use common sense, and if in doubt please ask. We are always happy to answer your questions.
As can be seen from our early videos, we weren't always as careful as we should have been. We have been lucky so far that no serious incidents have happened although we have come very close on several occasions. Even though we have done hundreds and hundreds of launches, we continue to this day to get reality checks when unexpected things go wrong.
Stay safe and have fun!