Clap for Carers, but don’t light sky lanterns

The Leader of Leeds City Council has warned residents not to make tributes to key workers using sky lanterns, which increase the risk of wildfires and put extra strain on emergency services.

Residents across South Leeds will be on their doorsteps again at 8pm tonight (Thursday 16 April 2020) to applaud NHS workers, carers and other essential workers helping us during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Echoing a similar warning issued by the National Fire Chiefs Council last week in response to a campaign on social media, the council’s leader Councillor Judith Blake said:

“We’re all extremely proud and thankful for the amazing work being done by our key workers. However, I’d urge residents to continue showing their support in ways that are safe and not to light sky lanterns.

“Sky lanterns (which some residents may know as ‘Chinese lanterns’) are highly flammable and increase the risk of wildfires. Whilst our emergency services are under unprecedented pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s vitally important that we all do everything possible to help them focus on their response to this virus and not on managing unnecessary fires.

“I’d once again like to thank everyone who continues to work so hard to keep our city running, particularly frontline workers and volunteers.”


This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds City Council

Photo by Tony Alter via Creative Commons