Why We Are Asking People Not To Buy Sky Lanterns & Set Off Them Off In Support Of The NHS
We hope everyone is keeping safe and well!
We have been made aware that people are being asked to buy sky lanterns (sometimes referred to as chinese lanterns which are often used in birthday and weddings celebrations) & set them off in support of our fabulous NHS Staff and carers.
What are Sky Lanterns and why are they hazardous to animals
The paper lanterns are small hot air balloons, powered by a flame suspended on a wire frame which represents a significant fire risk to life, property, birds, livestock and agriculture when they come down to earth so should never be used.
Cause of fires
In 2013 CCTV footage proved a sky lantern to be the cause of a fire at a recycling plant in the West Midlands. More than 200 firefighters and 39 fire appliances were deployed over several days to tackle the blaze involving plastics and paper.
Unnecessary Calls-Out’s for Lifeboat Crews and Coastguard Teams
Near the coast they may also be mistaken for distress flares causing unnecessary searches by our lifeboat and coastguard team colleagues. However, both search and rescue organisations are still ready to respond to genuine incidents, but do not need unavoidable calls putting their own and other lives at risk at this time.
There are other ways to support the NHS namely by clapping every Thursday at 8pm on your doorstep/balcony, raising funds or displaying a rainbow poster in your window, but please don’t set off sky lanterns.
Thank you for reading and from all of our team take care and stay safe!
Other useful references
Wildlife Conservation Trust Thanet