As Olympic fever hits Britain with hopefully many an occasions to celebrate, the BHS is highlighting the dangers of items such as Chinese lanterns which are potentially dangerous to horses and other livestock caused by the exposed wires from these lanterns once they have made their descent.
The charity urges everyone to enjoy the excitement of the next few weeks, but offers this advice to ensure their celebrations don’t end in disaster.
Chinese Lanterns – The BHS has been made aware of many ‘novelty’ lanterns, one of which is a Union Jack design. There is no way of controlling which way they travel or where they land. Please think carefully before releasing them.
Fireworks – If you are planning a fireworks display please consider contacting any nearby horse owners. Site the display as far away as possible from horses, barns or stables.
Car decorations – Horses are likely to be startled by the loud flutter that car window flags generate. When passing horses with car-mounted flags, slow down even more and give horses a wider berth when overtaking. Please consider flying flags only on the offside of your vehicle to allow more room between the horse and the flag.
Sheila Hardy, BHS senior executive (safety), said: “The BHS is as excited as anyone about the forthcoming Olympic Games and wishes in no way to dampen spirits. However, abiding by these simple measures could make the world of difference for our four-legged-friends.”
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