The lanterns also are prohibited by Phoenix fire code, a city of Phoenix website states. Like tiny hot-air balloons, the lanterns use a candle or other flame source to create lift. They sure look neat. But it seems like a bad idea to float open flames anywhere above the Sonoran Desert, even in winter.
Sky Lanterns are made from combustible materials such as paper bags or light fabrics which then take flight by the heat from an open flame candle. These devices are a fire safety hazard and we prohibit their use.
As a direct result, several countries including Austria, parts of Germany, the UK, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Australia have banned the sale and possession of these lanterns and penalties range from hefty fines to 3 years jail time. Several U.S. States have also restricted or limited their use.
In the USA, bans include Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites is prohibited. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is permitted.
Potential Fire Hazard
Sky lanterns can fly up to 3,000 feet and lasts for around 6 to 20 minutes, or when the flame burns out. However, there is no guarantee that the fire will be completely out and cooled when the lanterns eventually land. Consequently, any contact with a flammable surface could start a fire.
Sky Lanterns are prohibited throughout the State of California. The use of sky lanterns are citable through the Santa Cruz Municipal Code 19.05. 140 SECTION 308.1.
Though flame retardant, try to avoid hitting the paper with any open flames. Next, light the fuel pad with a lighter. As it burns, hot air will fill up the main chamber. Hold it at the bottom along the structural ring until it’s ready to be released.
Your Source for SAFETY Information
Sky lanterns have become increasingly popular as a way to celebrate. However, they pose a serious fire safety hazard and their use is prohibited by National Fire Protection Association code requirements.
Some lanterns burn up when their internal flames catch the combustible lining, but others fall to the ground intact. Some lantern parts are made of biodegradable paper and bamboo, but the paper is painted and treated with chemicals, and can take months to disintegrate.
Symbolizing good luck and prosperity, the launching of sky lanterns is a highly anticipated ritual during many Asian wedding ceremonies.
This could destroy habitats and set animal housing, feed and bedding alight. For this reason, they’ve already been banned in some countries and fire services have issued warnings to people over the fire risk following incidents such as the Smethwick recycling plant fire.
Create your light!
Fold 2 sheets of paper towel into a square shape and soak in candle wax. Once dry, poke two holes through the ends of the paper towel and attach to one end of the base. When you’re ready to light, simply light the paper towel and let your lantern float into the sky!