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Kawartha Lakes bans the use and sale of Flying Lanterns

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October 13, 2015 - Council members have voted to prohibit the use and sale of Flying Lanterns across the municipality. The decision was made during Council’s regular meeting October 13.

“Flying Lanterns may look pretty but there is an extreme fire risk associated with them,” explained Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst.

Since 2009 the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management for the Province has issued two communiques outlining the fire safety hazards posed by Flying Lanterns.

“Kawartha Lakes covers more than 3,000 square kilometers and we have a lot of wooded and rural areas that could be adversely impacted if one of these Flying Lanterns landed in a hard-to-reach area,” said Chief Pankhurst. “This ban is following a trend by a number of municipalities to prohibit the sale and use of Flying Lanterns.”

Chief Pankhurst said Council’s decision to prohibit the sale and use of Flying Lanterns is the first step in making changes to the City’s Open Air By-law.

“We will now work to make the necessary changes to our by-law and the ban will be in place for January 2016,” he said.

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For more information please contact:

Ronald Woolfrey
Fire Prevention Inspector
705-324-5731 Ext. 586
rwoolfrey@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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