[I]t had been reported that 861 people died in kite-flying related accidents from 2002 to the first quarter of 2006.
861 people died from flying kites in 3.25 years? That number seems, uh, high. And don't let me get started on the evils of helium balloons:
Two college students were found dead inside a large, deflated helium balloon after apparently pulling it down and crawling inside it, officials said.
"It was more a fun thing they thought they were doing," said Linda Rydman, whose daughter was found dead. "You know how you blow up the balloon and suck the helium."
Inhaling helium can quickly lead to brain damage and death from lack of oxygen, according to the Compressed Gas Association, which develops safety standards in the gas industry.