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05-11-20

NFCC and NFU highlight the dangers of sky lanterns this Bonfire Night

NFCC has joined forces with the National Farmers Union (NFU) to warn against the dangers of sky lanterns this Bonfire Night.

NFCC is delighted that once again Julia Bradbury and the Outdoor Guide has supported calls for them not be used. Earlier in the year, Julia Bradbury lent her support to NFCC's campaign about not using sky lanterns.

At the time she said: "Sky lanterns are a fire hazard, they litter and pollute, they are a danger to wildlife and they put our farmers at risk, who are working tirelessly to deliver and produce our food to us. They increase pressure on the emergency services; one rogue sky lantern can cause a serious fire which needs valuable resources to deal with it. resources which could be put to better use during C19. The NFCC, the government and the NFU all think they are a bad idea. Please don't light them at all."

NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts said: We are delighted to have received the support of the NFCC on this crucial campaign, which highlights the devastating damage sky lanterns can cause to buildings and fields on farms.

NFCC does not advocate the use of sky lanterns under any circumstances, at any time.

Paul Hedley, NFCC Wildfire Lead

“The NFU has also heard from plenty of farmers about the gruesome injuries they can cause to livestock and other animals who may ingest the debris. Simply put, all of these lanterns must land somewhere and while they may look pretty in the sky while celebrating events like Bonfire Night, they also become unnecessary litter across our beautiful countryside."

Paul Hedley, the National Fire Chiefs Council lead for wildfires, echoed the NFU's call: "I strongly urge people not to light sky lanterns this Bonfire Night. In fact, NFCC does not advocate the use of sky lanterns under any circumstances, at any time.

"They pose a huge fire hazard, impact on agriculture, thatched properties and hazardous material sites, and risk the lives of animals. A fire caused by a sky lantern can be a complex and large scale incident and have huge implications on fire services who are already stretched at this time of the year. Demand is likely to be increased this year due to an increase in people holding displays at home.

“All emergency services are currently under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19, and sky lanterns could put additional pressure on the fire service, and further strain on the NHS. Almost 90 local authorities across the UK have banned the use of lanterns and I would like to see this go further."

NFU full statement

 Julia Bradbury speaks out about the danger of sky lanterns:  

 

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