Campaign to ban sky lanterns
Written by RADio Admin on April 14, 2020
Article Published on Tuesday April 14, 2020 9:29 PM by RADio Admin
Campaign to ban sky lanterns
Sky lanterns might look pretty but they are a serious danger to animals and the countryside. Sky lanterns are usually used in Britain to mark special celebrations such as weddings, parties and New Year, but are you aware of the dangers they can cause?
Essentially a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a candle is suspended, sky lanterns, or Chinese lanterns as they’re also known, can float for miles before they fall to the ground, causing a danger to animals and a fire hazard. Not just litter, but burning litter – it’s time to ground sky lanterns for good.
What are the risks?
Litter nuisance Farmers and other landowners have to clear up the remnants of sky lanterns from their fields. Don’t be fooled by bamboo lanterns marked ‘biodegradable’ – they can still take decades to degrade.
Fire Once a sky lantern is lit, nobody knows exactly where it will land. Fields of standing crops, hay and straw stacks, farm buildings housing animals, thatched roofs plus lots more are all at a significant risk of being set alight.
Animals and Livestock Sky lanterns can cause suffering or even kill animals and livestock. Not just by fire, sky lantern debris can cause immense stress and injury. Some of the key dangers are:
Animals eating lantern debris which can cause tears or punctures to internal organs leading to a potentially life-threatening situation Animals getting splinters in their skin which may cause infection Animals becoming trapped or tangled in debris Frames of lanterns can contaminate crops which are then unknowingly fed to animals. False alarms Sky lanterns pose a significant danger to aviation traffic such as planes and helicopters. There are concerns that lanterns can be drawn into aircraft engines and can delay take-off and landing. In addition, lanterns drifting across a night sky are also commonly mistaken by the public and coast guards for marine distress signals.
Which councils have banned sky lanterns?
A number of councils have backed the campaign and banned the release of sky lanterns on council owned land.
ands Birmingham City Council Bromsgrove District Council Dudley Borough Council Herefordshire Council Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council Sandwell Borough Council Shropshire Council Staffordshire Borough Council Staffordshire County Council Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Telford and Wrekin Council Warwickshire County Council Worcester City Council Worcestershire County Council Warwick District Council East Midlands South Kesteven District Council Lincoln City Council Newark & Sherwood District Council Nottinghamshire County Council Rushcliffe Borough Council West Lindsey District Council