The public are asked not to use sky lanterns in the weekly tribute to NHS workers because of safety and environmental fears. Animal charities, farmers and the emergency services say the items pose a risk to property and wildlife.
Though sky lanterns might look pretty in the sky, they pose a serious danger to horses, farm animals and wildlife. Not only are they a serious fire hazard, animals can suffer through ingestion, entanglement and entrapment, or simply the sight of a lit lantern in the sky can be terrifying for them and cause them to bolt and harm themselves.

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