Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has welcomed new guidance on the safe use and responsible sale of sky lanterns throughout the UK.
Though thankfully Kent has not suffered any major fires as a result of sky lanterns, there have been serious fires in other parts of the country that were reportedly started in this way.
Recommendations from the Code of Practice includes advice that manufacturers carry out a risk assessment of any proposed product, covering its size and shape, construction, packaging, and labelling, and include documented practical safety trials.
It also contains a sample warning notice and instructions for use, along with guidance for distributors and retailers on selling sky lanterns responsibly.
KFRS Community Safety Manager, Lee Rose, said: “Thankfully we’ve been fortunate in Kent and have had very few incidents caused by sky lanterns. However as the fire in the West Midlands last year shows, these lanterns can be a risk to both public and property if not used carefully.
“We therefore welcome the new Code of Practice as a step towards minimising the potential risks associated with the use of Sky Lanterns.”
The Code of Practice has been issued by the Trading Standards Institute and been produced in conjunction with government and industry. It covers four areas: design and manufacture; safety checks; warnings and instructions for use and responsible sale.
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