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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chinese Flying Lantern Advice

Chinese Flying Lantern Advice

Chinese Flying lanterns have become more popular recently and are often used at birthdays, weddings and other celebrations. The number of lantern fires in the Staffordshire area doubled from 2010 to 2011.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service do not recommend the use of Chinese Flying Lanterns for the following reasons:

  • They can cause fires to hedges, thatched properties, fields etc.
  • They pose a risk to livestock. If they eat the lanterns and wire it can cause injury to their stomachs and mouths.
  • Even though some parts are biodegradable they do remain on view either on the ground, in trees and hedges, which is an eyesore.
  • The emergency services also suffer a loss of resources whilst having to deal with lantern sightings being mistaken as something else such as a distress flair or UFO.