Sky Lantern Safety
Posted by Kevin Rath (Import) on 20 August 2009 05:37 AM
Sky Lanterns are one of our most popular items, also one of the most dangerous.
We ask all customers to refer to this page and read all of these helpful tips before using.
  • Familiarize yourself with the lanterns before lighting and launching. Please refer to the release instructions for more information.
  • Do not launch in wind conditions that make lighting the lantern difficult. In any case, ensure that the wind is not stronger than 5 mph. Refer to your local weather forecast for approximate wind speeds.
  • Unpack the lanterns away from the source of ignition.
  • Never light lanterns while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Never smoke while handling the lanterns.
  • Before the lantern is launched, the naked flame must be supervised at all times and never unattended.
  • Launching a lantern that is torn or has burn holes may cause premature landing and a fire at the point of grounding.
  • Check the wind direction prior to releasing the lanterns – obstacles such as buildings and trees should not be in the direct flight path of the lantern and must be at least 30 meters away.
  • Do not release lanterns within a five mile radius of an operational airport or landing strip, or within two miles of a major road or motorway.
  • Do not release the lanterns in an area where the glow could be confused as a distress signal.
  • Prior to use, all lanterns should be kept in a dry, secure place away from children.
  • Ensure that all children are kept under supervision and away from the source of ignition during the release.
  • Make sure you have water and / or fire extinguishers at hand.
  • Do not light and release the lanterns wearing flammable clothing, in case the flame from the wick ignites the clothing.
  • For additional safety, protective gloves can be worn.
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