Bishop of St Albans asks about fires caused by sky lanterns

The Bishop of St Albans received the following written answer on Tuesday 31st January 2023:

The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked His Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 13 December 2022 (HL3856), whether they can provide an itemised table from the Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) that details how many incidents where sky lanterns have been confirmed as the source of a fire.

Lord Sharpe of Epsom (C0n): Data collected through the Fire and Rescue Service Incident Recording System (IRS) does not include data on whether fire incidents attended were caused by or involved sky lanterns.

The Home Office collects data on incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs), with this data including the cause of the fire and the source of ignition. However, the answer categories for cause of fire and source of ignition do not specifically provide sky lanterns as an option. This data is published in a variety of publications, available at Gov.UK.


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