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Lanterns pose a Threat

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Before lighting sky lanterns as part of our celebrations, be mindful that they can cause damage to the countryside.

Although sky lanterns are increasingly popular during celebrations, not least during the Christmas and New Year periods, they can travel several miles before coming down and the burnt-out remains of lanterns can also injure livestock as well as creating litter in the area in which they fall.

Our MP, Antionette Sandbach, in consultation with the multi-agency Safety Advisory Group (SAG) and in advance of our event planning, has issued a press release reminding us all of the following:

'Sky lanterns look fantastic in the night sky but when they come down in rural areas they can cause real damage to animals and the surrounding land. We all enjoy festive celebrations and sky lanterns have become increasingly popular in recent years — but I want constituents to be aware of the potential impact of sky lanterns and consider alternatives, particularly because of their impact on animals and the environment.

In addition, the lanterns can cause major fires when they land — such as the £6m blaze in the West Midlands in recent years — plus the frames, made from wire or bamboo, pose a real risk to livestock for farmers'.

SAG does not support the use of sky lanterns at events taking place in the borough. This position is also made clear in the current draft of the Cheshire West and Chester Safety Advisory Group Guidance for Event Planning.

So, perhaps a thought for our fantastic environment and livestock before extending our celebrations into the sky.

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