The CLA today (21 August 2014) responded to the newly announced code of practice for sky lanterns by calling on the public to refrain from using them.
The organisation said while the code of practice is a step in the right direction, the only way to completely reduce the many dangers posed by sky lanterns is for the public to cease using them.
CLA Director South East Robin Edwards said: “We have campaigned for many years on the dangers posed by sky lanterns and while the new code of practice will go some way in controlling their use, they remain a serious fire hazard.
“These flying bonfires endanger the lives of grazing livestock while their burnt out remains are hazardous to wildlife and create unnecessary litter.
“We urge the public to think twice about the implications of releasing a naked flame with no control over where it will land. Without an outright ban, it is up to the public to do the right thing and stop using dangerous sky lanterns.”
The new code of practice can be found on the Trading Standards Institute website at http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/policy/skylanterns.cfm