Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue has issued a reminder about the dangers of Chinese lanterns.
The lanterns, also known as wish or flying lanterns, pose a significant risk of fire or injury, especially following the long, hot summer, which left heathland and vegetation particularly dry. The lanterns are usually made from paper, supported by a wire frame that incorporates a holder for a solid fuel heat source. Richard Coleman, Group Manager, says:
“With Chinese lanterns, you’re basically throwing a naked flame into the sky with no control over the direction it will take or where it will land – in addition, there is no guarantee that the fuel source will be fully extinguished and cooled when the lantern eventually descends.”
As well as being a substantial fire risk, these lanterns also pose a danger to wildlife. For further guidelines, you can visit the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue website.