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MSP Finlay Carson

FILLING the sky with flaming lanterns this weekend is one of the ideas to honour the frontline workers of the NHS. However, the idea met with dismay from farmers worried about the effects of livestock, and emergency services concerned about the fire risk. Now Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says the campaign is reckless and should not go ahead. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP shares concerns from the National Farmers Union Scotland that the mass release of the lanterns to show support for emergency services could have effects such as causing fires on farmlands. Mr Carson says that while he supports measures to thank emergency workers who are going above and beyond, these should continue in a safe form, rather than unintentionally putting more strain on them through the release of sky lanterns. The sky lanterns are a serious fire risk to farm buildings, which may house hay and straw, or other flammable products. They also pose a threat to animal health if they land on farms as the frame material can get mixed up into feed, such as silage or grain, and be accidently digested by livestock the effects of which can be fatal. Commenting Finlay Carson MSP Said: “Of course I am keen to see support for our emergency workers at this time and I have been applauding them at 8pm on Thursday nights, but this does need to be done in a safe and controlled manner. “While people may think releasing sky lanterns is a nice idea, they can have severely damaging effects on our farmlands and to our animals as well, as they are highly flammable. “That would unintentionally potentially stretch our emergency services more than they already are right now which is the last thing that is needed. “I would encourage everyone to continue to follow the advice to stay at home, avoiding any unnecessary travel and carrying out activities that are safe and help to protect our emergency services.”

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