Sky Lanterns

Chinese sky lanterns

If you do choose to use them, the following advice should help you to use them safely. 

Remember to always read the manufacturer’s instructions before using them. 

  • Lanterns should be used by responsible adults only. 
  • Adults should not be under the influence of alcohol or any substance that could affect their level of responsibility. 
  • Have water or other extinguishing facility available at the launch site, lanterns or clothing may ignite if the correct launch procedures are not followed. 
  • Keep the launch area clear of combustible materials. 
  • Children and other observers to maintain a safe distance upwind of the launch area. 
  • Two adults are required to correctly launch each lantern. 
  • Do not attempt to launch damaged lanterns, be aware that writing messages on the paper can cause damage. 
  • Do not smoke whilst handling lanterns . 
  • Ensure sufficient clearance to avoid obstacles such as trees, power lines or buildings. 
  • Avoid launching near roads, especially major roads or motorways. 
  • Avoid standing crops, especially in dry conditions. 
  • Avoid areas that may create confusion with distress signals. 
  • Do not launch within five miles of any airport. 
  • Do not launch in wind speeds in excess of five miles per hour. 
  • Check wind direction before launch. 
  • Be aware of any other local conditions that could affect launch or landing safety such as thatched buildings, standing crops or dry heath land.