Sky lanterns can pose a serious fire hazard and are a danger to our wildlife, as well as littering and polluting our land.
They may look pretty when up in the sky, however once out of sight do you know where those lanterns land?
Paul Hedley, the National Fire Chiefs Council lead for wildfires: “They pose a huge fire hazard, impact on agriculture, thatched properties and hazardous material sites, and risk the lives of animals. A fire caused by a sky lantern can be a complex and large scale incident and have huge implications on fire services who are already stretched at this time of the year.”
The Emergency Services remain under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19, and sky lanterns could put additional pressure on the fire service this festive season.
Just one rogue sky lantern could lead to devastating consequences.
Julia Bradbury speaks out about the danger of sky lanterns: