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RoSPA urges Britons to be safe with sky lanterns

8th February 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging people to use sky lanterns safely as they celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The paper lights will be let off into the night during this weekend to mark the year of the snake, and RoSPA wants families to ensure they follow instructions and guidance carefully.

When the lanterns soar high into the sky, they can cause issues for the coastguard and airports in particular.

Sheila Merrill, RoSPA’s public health adviser, said: "Chinese lanterns look very beautiful floating up in the night sky but RoSPA reminds people to stay safe by always following the instructions and be aware of issues that lanterns can pose."

RoSPA has advised people not to touch a lantern if any part of it is damaged, while operating instructions should be followed very carefully, with a fire extinguisher nearby.

People also should not launch them while under the influence of alcohol.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801537307-ADNFCR


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