We do not endorse the use of flying lanterns but have provided this guidance to help you safely enjoy their use should you choose to do so.
No liability is accepted for any injury, loss or damage that may arise from their use. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions fully.
Considerations for safe use
Sky lanterns can pose a significant fire hazard.
The Norfolk sky lantern and balloon release charter encourages businesses, communities, and individuals to sign up and switch to alternative ways of celebrating events, instead of using balloon or lantern releases.
Whilst lighting a sky lantern and its launch are mostly in the control of the user, the actual flight path and end destination are not. There is no guarantee that the fuel cell will be completely out and cooled when the lantern eventually descends. Any contact with a flammable surface could result in a fire developing.
Think about the local launch area and the intended flight path. The following list highlights some areas that should be avoided for fire safety reasons:
- Areas of crops
- Buildings with thatched roofs
- Areas of dense woodland
- Areas of heath or bracken, especially in dry conditions
Event organisers must ensure that a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment has been completed prior to allowing the launch of flying lanterns. You should check with your insurance provider if additional insurance coverage will be required.
Guidance for the use of flying lanterns
These notes are to aid the risk assessment for the use of flying lanterns. However, users should always follow the manufacturer's instructions.