Fire chief warns against sky lanterns campaign
April 16, 2020
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service are urging people not to light sky lanterns in a show of solidarity for NHS workers.
Emergency services are already under increased pressure due to COVID-19, supporting vulnerable people in communities across the county.
Chief Fire Officer Paul Hedley said: “We are totally opposed to this suggestion, and in our view it is not the way to show your support for our amazing NHS and key workers.
“Sky lanterns have been proven to start wildfires and property fires, kill or injure livestock, as well as polluting our marine and natural environments. In our rural county, this poses a significant issue.
“We’re asking residents to act responsibly, and not only consider the damage they could cause, but the unnecessary strain on our critical services. Our advice is simple – don’t use them.”
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service staff will be showing their support for our NHS workers, care providers and key workers, and join the nation on Thursday at 8.00pm, coming together with our local communities in a huge show of support.