Fire bureau warns vs use of sky lanterns
MANILA, Philippines - Be careful with sky lanterns - they may look beautiful up in the air, but they could also cause a lot of damage.
Sky lanterns have been added to potential fire hazards on New Year's Eve, with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) warning people not to use them over densely populated areas.
The BFP said these lanterns, usually illuminated by candles or lighted oil/alcohol, can pose danger when they fall on roofs or any combustible material, particularly over residential areas.
"It is suggested that sky lanterns should only be allowed to be used in Bay areas and open field spaces to avoid any detrimental effects which may cause fires that will result in severe loss of lives and properties," the bureau said in a statement.
Chief Supt Rubem Bearis Jr appealed to local governments to pass ordinances banning the use of the said objects in residential areas.
This warning comes along with the BFP's appeal to not use illegal and unsafe firecrackers and pyrotechnics. - Rappler.com