Happy Chinese New Year but don’t let flaming litter fly
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) sends season's greetings to everyone celebrating the Chinese New Year on 5 February 2019, but warns about the use of sky lanterns during the festivities.
Although the floating paper lanterns may look very beautiful, they can cause significant damage to property and distress to animals.
Consequently, the Fire Authority, which governs HWFRS, does not support the use of these devices at any event or celebration and asks members of the public and event organisers to refrain from using them.
Area Commander Mark Preece said: "We would like all the communities to enjoy celebrating the Chinese New Year, but the paper, wire, and flame construction of a sky lantern has proven to be a dangerous combination, causing open fires of vegetation and crops in the past.
"At any time of the year, sky lanterns pose a risk to livestock, agriculture, thatched properties, and hazardous materials sites, so during the celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Pig, please don't let flaming litter fly."
For more information, see the Fire Authority's position statement on sky lanterns.