Announcement

SKY LANTERN SAFETY

last update: June 26, 2020


SKY LANTERN SAFETY


Yates County Sheriff’s Office
Penn Yan, New York 14527
Ronald G. Spike, Sheriff
315-536-4438 â€" sheriff@yatescounty.org

PRESS RELEASE

Date: June 26, 2020

SKY LANTERN SAFETY

With this Independence Day July 4th holiday weekend the tradition of lighting flares and use of fireworks (some legal and some not) around the Finger Lakes also brings increased use of SKY LANTERNS. The Yates County Sheriff’s Office has had inquiries regarding the relationship of the Fire Code and sky lantern safety. Sheriff’s Patrols will be on our county highways and Marine Patrols on waterways responding to these complaints.

“These are recognized as a recreational fire hazard by NYS Fire Prevention and Control and state fire code calls for when they are used to be anchored or tethered, as they require constant attention for the safety of persons and property nearby,” said Sheriff Ron Spike, “We have previously had fires on adjacent lake property caused by the landing of lanterns doing damage when still lit.”

This is an issue in the interest of keeping everyone safe and not recklessly causing unwanted fires, contrary to the NYS Fire Code.




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