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Firefighters issue sky lantern warning after fire in Fife

Firefighters are warning about the dangers of sky lanterns after one caused a fire in Fife.


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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they discourage the use of sky lanterns
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they discourage the use of sky lanterns

Fire officials have issued a warning about the use of sky lanterns after an industrial trailer full of wheelie bins was set alight in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

 

Firefighters warned sky lanterns should not be used near farmers’ crops or livestock and warned they could also be confused for distress flares in coastal areas.

 

Group manager for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Alex Smart said although sky lanterns can look spectacular, they can have a devastating effect on local communities and once airborne, they cannot be controlled.

 

He said: "We discourage their use and ask people to consider the potential consequences.

 

“If you decide to use sky lanterns, we would advise to avoid doing so in built up areas to avoid the obvious dangers.

 

"You should also consider avoiding prolonged dry or windy conditions, or in areas where there are standing crops.

 

“In addition to their crops, farmers also have concerns to the safety of their livestock as animals may ingest or become caught in the remnants.

 

"We urge anyone thinking of using them to ask themselves if there isn’t a better way to celebrate.”

 

Farmers Guardian is continuing to push for a nationwide ban with its ‘Say No to Sky Lanterns’ campaign.

 

The campaign was launched in 2013 in response to the large number of farmers whose livestock had been injured or killed after ingesting lantern components.

 

 


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