Sky Lantern Safety

We do not recommend the use of sky lanterns due to the fire hazards and risks they pose to lives, property, crops, livestock and the environment.

Only recently the large fire at Smethwick in the West Midlands on the 30th June was caused by a Sky Lantern. Read the report on the BBC website. You can also view a video of the fire here.

If you choose to use them, follow our safety tips below:

  • Lanterns must be used by responsible adults only
  • Water should always be on hand in case the lanterns catch fire
  • The launch area needs to be kept clear of combustible materials
  • Damaged lanterns must not be used
  • Ensure sufficient clearance to avoid obstacles such as trees, powerlines or buildings
  • Do not launch near roads, especially major roads or motorways
  • Do not launch within five miles of an airport
  • Do not launch in wind speeds in excess of five miles per hour (mph)
  • Do not smoke whilst handling lanterns