Groups all over Great Britain have stepped up their campaign, in the face of ‘no action’ from the Government.
West Midlands Fire Service said the huge blaze at Smethwick in July, which caused £6m of damage and was caused by a sky lantern, had highlighted the dangers.
“We do not support the use of these devices, and ask that members of the public and event organisers stop using them,” said a spokesman.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service revealed 10 incidents had been caused by the products since October 2010.
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said that while lanterns are not always recorded separately in fire source data, there had been at least two in 2010 and at least four in 2011 – three of which were house fires.
Officers from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service added: “The fuel cells in the lanterns have embers that can fall from the lantern and these embers can carry on glowing for a number of minutes even after the flame has gone out and the lantern has landed.”
Head of risk reduction at Staffordshire County Council, Glynn Luznyj, added: “We appreciate the lanterns look pretty and may be symbolic to some people. However, they are uncontrollable. No one can predict where they float to and land or what they might ignite on their journey.”
Internationally, certain brands of fire lanterns have been pulled off the shelves and there has been a temporary ban on all such products in Australia following a series of wildfires.
Last week the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Dr Christianne Glossop, added her voice to the campaign because of the dangers and stress they can pose to livestock and other animals.
The NFU, CLA, Women’s Food and Farming Union (WFU) and the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA), have all backed FG’s campaign to ban the use of sky lanterns and have joined forces to call on the Government to review its decision not to issue a ban.