We do not endorse the use of sky lanterns and strongly recommend that you and event organisers consider the potential safety, damage and litter nuisance these lanterns can cause before buying/launching them.
- Risk to farm animals through ingesting the wires in the spent lantern frame.
- Risk to aircraft through distraction of pilots. The Civil Aviation Authority has recommended lanterns are not launched without prior notification of any nearby airfield;
- Risk to coastal shipping (false alarms to the Coastguard Agency from the public mistaking a lantern for a distress flare);
- Risk of fire from lanterns landing on property (e.g. thatched roofs), crops or areas of heath or bracken, especially in dry conditions.
The Civil Aviation Authority, The Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Hampshire Fire and Rescue have guidelines on the use of these products.