Pack of 10 - Elliptic shaped Firelanterns 1m tall - 38cm diamete
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Pack of 10 - Elliptic shaped Firelanterns 1m tall - 38cm diameter
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Firelanterns are airborne paper lanterns traditionally found in East Asian cultures. They are constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density causing the lantern to rise into the air. The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern floats back to the ground.
Due to their popularity amongst children Firelanterns were incorporated into festivals like the Chinese Mid-Autumn and Lantern Festivals. Pingsi in the Taipei County of Taiwan holds an annual Lantern Festival in which sky lanterns are released.
The people of Northern Thailand also have a variation on sky lanterns. These are known as Khoom Loy. Northern Thai people use sky lanterns all year round, for celebrations and other special occasions. One festival in particular is the Loy Kratong festival in which lovers and partners gather on the riverbanks to float flowers and candles, launch fireworks and release sky lanterns together. It is considered good luck to release a sky lantern, and many Thais believe they are symbolic of problems and worries floating away.
As sky lanterns contain a flame, there is the danger that they can cause a fire when landing on flammable ground. They can achieve quite a height and launching them in strong winds is not recommended.
USAGE IN SOUTH AFRICA:
FireLanters are perfectly safe to use, if used correctly.
We strongly advise requesting permission before flying your firelanterns from the local authority irrespective of quantity being flown. However when launching 10 or more permission must be sought from the Central Airspace Management Unit by completing a CA 172-19 form and sending it back at least 1 week in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sky lanterns should only be released under low wind conditions.
- Do NOT release sky lanterns in a wind stronger than 8kms/hour
- Check the wind direction prior to releasing the sky lanterns to ensure that there are no obstacles in the flight path.
- The flight path of the sky lanterns must avoid buildings, overhead cables and trees.
- Do not release any sky lanterns within a 10km radius of an airport or landing strip
- Do not release sky lanterns near to dry crops or thatch roofed properties
- Carefully unpack the sky lanterns away from the source of ignition.
- Never light the sky lanterns whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: This has open flame, surely it is dangerous?
A: Yes these work with an open flame, however the paper is non flammable, and if launched in no wind conditions, making sure the lantern is undamaged before lighting, these are very safe. They will only come down once the fuel cell is exhausted and the flame has gone out.
Q: What happens if it flies into something?
A: It is critical to launch these in an open area in NO WIND conditions, these will then float upwards and not be blown into any buildings or structures.
Q: When the flame goes out, where will it land and what damage can it cause?
A: Once the flame goes out these will drift slowly back to the earth, the lantern is made of a very very lightweight bamboo frame, bio degradeable paper and very thin, lightweight piano wire. It is too light to cause any damage.