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Appeal not to use Chinese lanterns
8:55am Monday 29th October 2012 in News
A COUNTRYSIDE organisation has urged people not to use Chinese lanterns over the Bonfire Night and Hallowe’en period.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said the threat of fire to land, property, people, livestock and pets outweighed the appeal of the naked flame lanterns, which are constructed from paper, wire and bamboo.
Dorothy Fairburn, CLA North regional director, said: “Manufacturers and importers defend their products as an environmentally friendly way for people to enjoy themselves, but it is becoming increasingly clear they are nothing more than a potential lethal fire risk.”
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is also to investigate the level of risk Chinese Lanterns pose.
A spokesman said: “Given the concerns and complaints that are being made about the damage sky lanterns can do, we want to find out just what effect they are having on farming and the environment.”