Sky lanterns may look pretty but they pose a serious fire risk

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With the Chinese New Year fast approaching, make fire safety a priority.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service strongly advises against the use of sky lanterns. They are a serious fire risk as you do not know where they will end up.

As well as there being a danger of fire, there are also other risks to crops, vehicles, livestock and the environment.

Sky lanterns are illegal in Germany but early last year they were still responsible for a fire at a zoo in Krefeld where dozens of animals, including 30 primates in the monkey house, died.

If you require any fire safety advice, then call the Community Risk Team on 0800 032 1155.

Further safety advice can be found at