Sky lanterns

Sky lanterns can be a fire hazard, here’s how you can reduce your risk of causing harm.

Is it worth the risk?  

Avon Fire & Rescue Service does not endorse the use of sky lanterns with a naked flame and discourages their use.

The floating lanterns contain a naked flame which represents a significant fire risk to life and property when they come down to earth. Depending on where they land, they can cause large fires when igniting dry materials.

Sky lanterns also pose a risk to livestock, with cases of animals being injured or killed from eating the metal parts accidentally chopped into animal feed during harvest, or getting caught in wire frames that have landed in fields.

If sky lanterns are to be used, we would suggest the following precautions to minimise the risks.

Advice for sky lanterns

Launch conditions and area 

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