Q943: What are the rules regarding the use of Chinese lanterns?

Though Chinese lanterns are legal to use, it is important to take care when doing so and be aware of the potential risks. In order to use one safely you must follow certain rules, some of which are set out below -

  • Do not launch under the influence of alcohol
  • Do not use near built up areas or within 5 miles of any airfield/airport or coast where they are interpreted as a distress signal
  • Do not launch if any part of the lantern is damaged

Lanterns are not toys and should not be used by anyone under the age of 16. When launching, follow the instructions carefully and have water/fire extinguisher to hand.

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