Welcome to Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's new website. Please have a look around. If you encounter any issues please email PRO@bedsfire.gov.uk

close alert bar

Minimise The Risk From Chinese or Sky Lanterns

Last updated  30 May 2018

Please think very carefully before using Chinese or Sky lanterns – once lit and released you will have no control over their direction or where they land – this could be on your roof or a neighbours’ and cause a serious fire which could have very grim consequences.

Sky Lantern photo by wang-xi-502272-unsplash web banner

Prevent damage to you, your family and property follow these safety tips:

  • Consider the risk of fire caused by incorrect handling, fuel remaining, or changes to the recommended flight or weather conditions;
  • Water or other extinguishing facility should be available at the launch site, as lanterns or clothing may ignite if the correct launch procedures are not followed
  • Keep the launch area clear of flammable materials;
  • Children and other observers must maintain a safe distance upwind of the launch area;
  • Two adults are required to correctly launch each lantern;
  • Do not attempt to launch damaged lanterns - be aware that writing messages on the paper can cause damage;
  • Do not smoke whilst handling lanterns;
  • Ensure sufficient clearance to avoid obstacles such as trees, power lines or buildings;
  • Avoid launching near roads, especially major roads or motorways;
  • Avoid crops, especially in dry conditions;
  • Avoid areas where confusion may arise with distress signals;
  • Do not launch within 5 miles of any airport;
  • Do not launch in wind speeds in excess of 5 mph;
  • Check wind direction before launch;
  • Be aware of any other local conditions that could affect launch or landing safety such as thatched buildings, crops or dry heathland;
  • Do not tie anything to the lantern to as this may cause instability which could lead to the lantern igniting.

Resources

List of resources goes here

Beds Fire

Alert

Get safety messages and emergency news straight to your phone or inbox.

Register now