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Lawmaker seeks ban on sky lanterns

Ghio Ong, Helen Flores - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Agham party-list Rep. Angelo Palmones has filed a resolution seeking to ban the use of sky lanterns, particularly during special occasions, in the country due to the dangers they pose to lives and the environment.

He urged members of the House of Representatives to conduct an inquiry on the frequent use of sky lanterns in the country.

“Some people think it is less dangerous, but sky lanterns can be potential fire hazards and safety risks to people, properties and environment,” Palmones said in filing House Resolution 2909.

He said sky lanterns or “aerial luminaries” are now being used in weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries in lieu of fireworks because people say it is safer.

Under Republic Act 9514 or the Revised Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008 combustible fiber is defined as “any readily ignitable and free burning fiber such as cotton, waste cloth, waste paper…” of which most sky lanterns are made, Palmones said.

Palmones said sky lanterns can be pushed by the wind to different directions, and the possibility of other objects catching fire from it is not farfetched.

He cited US study that found that sky lanterns remain airborne for more than four minutes, but take more than 10 minutes to be fully extinguished.

“Because sky lanterns pose a fire risk, some countries like Australia and Hawaii have banned its use, while others are in the process of banning it,” Palmones said.

He said there are no existing regulations that govern production, selling and use of sky lanterns in the country.

AGHAM

ANGELO PALMONES

AUSTRALIA AND HAWAII

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

HOUSE RESOLUTION

LANTERNS

PALMONES

REVISED FIRE CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES

SKY

UNDER REPUBLIC ACT

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