Caution urged over Chinese lanterns use
7:30am Sunday 21st October 2012 in News
With Hallowe’en at the end of the month and the festive season approaching, the South West’s MEP has urged caution over the use of Chinese lanternw.
Julie Girling warned people to be careful about where they used the lanterns, due the dangers associated.
She said: “Chinese lanterns are increasingly popular at festivals, weddings and other celebrations such as Halloween, but they are a huge risk to animals, the environment and householders.
“After floating for many miles the burnt-out remains can hurt livestock and litter fields. Farmers have reported sheep, cattle and horses being injured, and in some cases dying, from eating the burnt out metal wire frames.
“It is only a matter of time before someone loses their life through being caught in a fire caused by a lantern. Please, think before you release these lanterns.”