Sky lantern Release & Safety Guidelines
A major benefit of releasing your own sky lanterns, rather than lighting fireworks, is that they are far safer than fireworks and made from non-flammable bio-degradable paper. Light a Lantern’s sky lanterns will arrive with full release and safety instructions. To make sure you stay safe whilst enjoying them, please follow these guidelines:
- Familiarise yourself with Light a Lantern sky lanterns before lighting and launching them and read to the release instructions.
- Do not launch your Chinese lanterns in wind conditions that make lighting the lantern difficult. In any case ensure that the wind is not stronger than 5 mph (please refer to a weather forecast for approximate wind speeds in your area such as www.bbc.co.uk/weather).
- Unpack the flying lanterns away from the source of ignition. Never light the sky lanterns whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Never smoke whilst handling the lanterns.
- Before the glowing sky lantern is launched, the naked flame must be supervised at all times.
- Launching a Chinese sky lantern in strong winds, that is torn or has burn holes in may cause premature landing and fire at the point of grounding.
- Check the wind direction prior to releasing your flying lanterns – obstacles such as buildings and trees should not be in the direct flight path of the lantern and must be at least 30 metres away.
- Do not release the sky lanterns within a 5 mile radius of an operational airport or landing strip or within 2 miles of a farmers’ field, livestock, a major road or motorway.
- Do not release the lanterns in an area where the glow could be confused as a distress signal.
- Prior to use, all lanterns should be kept in a dry, secure place away from children.
- Ensure that all children are kept under supervision and away from the source of ignition during the release.
- Always ensure that any naked flames are supervised and never left unattended. Make sure you have water and / or fire extinguishers at hand.
- Do not light and release the lanterns wearing flammable clothing in case the flame from the wick ignites the clothing. For additional safety, protective gloves can be worn.