By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Fireworks and sky lanterns are popular ways to mark a special occasion.
Unfortunately, not a lot of people know that they pose a risk to agriculture.
Different farming and rural organizations are emphasizing that these items are risky for farm and on livestock health because of their potential as fire hazards. Some organizations are now asking the public to celebrate lantern-free.
Sky lanterns are made from paper with a wire or wooden frame which contains a lit candle inside. They can cause fires on farms if they land on flammable crops. Also, if the frame lands on the feed, it’s a danger to livestock because the animals might ingest it.
Animals are also not fond of noise, and loud fireworks and could result in anxiety.
Farm groups recommend that if the fireworks display is to be held at someone’s home, they should adhere to the safety precautions and other laws at all times to minimize animal (and human!) stress.