Lan­tern warn­ing is­sued by fire chiefs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

FIRE and coun­cil chiefs are warn­ing res­i­dents about the dan­gers of us­ing Chi­nese lanterns to cel­e­brate Christ­mas and the New Year.

Both Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil’s Trad­ing Stan­dards team have is­sued the warn­ing be­cause they be­lieve that Chi­nese lanterns can pose a fire risk to homes, build­ings, veg­e­ta­tion and live­stock.

Dave War­ren, head of com­mu­nity safety at the fire ser­vice, said: “Chi­nese lanterns pose a fire haz­ard to build­ings, gar­dens, crops and veg­e­ta­tion.

“We do not sup­port their use and strongly ad­vise peo­ple not to pur­chase or re­lease them.

“Re­cently, a fam­ily were put at se­ri­ous risk in Trow­bridge, Wilt­shire, when a Chi­nese lan­tern landed on their tim­ber frame home when they were asleep. Luck­ily, they man­aged to es­cape thanks to a passer-by who raised the alarm.”

The Trad­ing Stan­dards team is warn­ing that Chi­nese lanterns pose a dan­ger be­cause peo­ple can be in­jured by drip­ping hot wax while live­stock can be in­jured by a lan­tern’s metal frame if it falls into a field.

Lead of­fi­cer from Trad­ing Stan­dards, Mark Oliver said: “If mem­bers of the pub­lic and traders are de­ter­mined to use and sell Chi­nese lanterns then we would ask them to en­sure that they are 100 per cent biodegrad­able and con­tain no metal wires.

“Lanterns may look safe but they are po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous. There are a num­ber of ar­eas that are un­suit­able for fly­ing lanterns - if in doubt please don’t use them.

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