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    Esther Rantzen

    Chinese Lanterns: Are they a beautiful way to celebrate or an accident waiting to happen?

    Chinese Lanterns: Are they a beautiful way to celebrate or an accident waiting to happen?

    Chinese lanterns have become very popular in this country over the last few years. They are generally used to mark the end of a celebration or party, rivalling fireworks in popularity. With the passing of the Chinese New Year, top advice and compensation provider Accident Advice Helpline, poses the question – are Chinese lanterns just too dangerous to use? 

    The increasing use of Chinese lanterns in this country, for wedding celebrations and parties, is sparking fears that the number of accidents caused by the lanterns will increase, particularly during the summer. Although Chinese lanterns look beautiful when released in large numbers, do they pose a danger to people and livestock on the ground?

    Leading personal injury claims advice provider, Accident Advice Helpline, is concerned that once the lanterns are released they can be the cause of many different types of accident. A spokesperson from the company elaborated,

    Chinese lanterns offer a lovely alternative to fireworks at the end of a celebration, but if the lanterns are of poor quality, or non-biodegradable, they can pose a serious risk not only to livestock, but to people in their homes.”

    They went on to say, “it does not take much to start a house fire if a lantern lands on the roof and the householder might not notice until it is too late.”

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    Chinese lanterns contain a small candle which heats the air inside the surrounding fire-retardant paper and makes them rise into the sky. Once the candle goes out, the lantern floats back down again, but it can travel a long way particularly in windy weather.

    According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, research has shown that good quality lanterns with clear safety instructions pose less of a fire risk than cheaper ones.

    Accident Advice Helpline is a personal injury claims advice provider that helps people with compensation claims against a negligent third party. Friendly advisors explain the personal injury claims process to anyone who calls the helpline and many people go on to make successful claims on a no win no fee* basis. The helpline can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.

    Date Published: April 11, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.