In mid-July, a fire sparked by sky lanterns resulted in about an acre of grass being burned in Morro. Thankfully, no one was injured but the use of sky lanterns is illegal in California – and at least 30 other states – and the incident in Morro is a good reason why.
We’ll talk more about sky lanterns in this issue.
For starters, just think about their construction. Sky lanterns are made of oiled rice paper wrapped around a bamboo frame – materials that can easily catch fire.
The fuel for the sky lantern is heat from a candle or wax fuel cell. Once it’s lit, a sky lantern can easily travel over a mile.
If the sky lantern is buffeted by winds, it can easily have the hot air forced out, sending the lantern crashing into the ground or onto a rooftop, into trees or power lines.
Once it’s extinguished, you can pick the sky lantern up while using gloves and place it in a paper bag. Then call your local fire department.
If your home or business is damaged or destroyed by fire, however, keep the home restoration experts at J&M Keystone in mind. The recovery, cleaning, and restoration process after a home or business fire is usually a very involved one.
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