Ban balloons and lanterns - Gwent AM
11:11am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Gwent news
A MINISTER has asked local authorities in Wales to ban Chinese lanterns and helium balloons.
Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies, has written to all local authorities in Wales to encourage them to introduce a voluntary ban on the release of sky lanterns and helium balloons.
The minister has warned of the danger and stress sky lanterns can pose to animals and has highlighted the fire risks, as demonstrated by the recent fire at a recycling plant in the West Midlands.
Mr Davies said: “Sky lanterns and helium balloons pose a real danger to livestock, other animals and buildings.
“A recent independent report has found that the fire risk associated with the use of sky lanterns is significant; while we also know that the ingestion of debris from lanterns can kill or seriously harm an animal.
“We want to make people aware of the risks and that is why I have written to local authorities across Wales to encourage them to introduce a voluntary ban on the release of sky lanterns and helium balloons. We are also supporting the UK Government’s efforts to work with retailers and manufacturers to ensure that clear warnings about the risk are placed on packaging.”
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