Wed, 18 Dec 2019
Residents have been warned about the potential dangers of using sky lanterns during the Christmas season.
The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading (IoM FT) and the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service (IoM FRS) say lanterns are still being used, despite their sale being made illegal on the Island in 2015.
Usually made from paper supported by a wire frame, the lanterns are carried into the sky by heat from a flame and can travel huge distances.
In a joint statement the OFT and IOMFRS said they can present a significant fire risk on landing.
They also warned they can present a threat to wildlife and livestock, damage crops, produce litter and risk personal safety.
The lit lanterns have also been confused as flares leading to false call outs for the RNLI and aviation issues.
Chief Fire Officer, Kevin Groom, said: ‘Without doubt they have the ability to present significant fire and environmental hazards to our Island and we urge the community to consider not using them’.
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