New Year’s Eve fireworks safety tips from HFD

The Honolulu Fire Department reminds everyone that the City and County of Honolulu's fireworks ordinance allows the public to purchase and use firecrackers only. All other fireworks are illegal for consumer use on Oahu.

“We hope that people will respect the fireworks ordinance and the dangers of firecrackers. While the number of fireworks-related injuries and fires on Oahu may not be as high as those nationwide, it is still too many for the public to suffer. We experience the same trends as other communities where consumer fireworks cause injuries (most often to children and teens) and fires on New Year's Eve,” said Fire Chief Manuel P. Neves.

“The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the public displays conducted by trained professionals. If you do use firecrackers, please review these safety tips, follow the rules, and be considerate of your neighbors,” Neves added.

The following information is provided to help the public remain safe and enjoy the New Year's Eve celebration and New Year's Day holiday:

Fireworks Safety Tips

• Use only approved fireworks from a licensed retail outlet that posts its retail license.

• Always read and follow warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer to ensure the safe handling and use of fireworks.

• Never point or throw fireworks at a person, building, or animal.

• Never ignite fireworks indoors. Ensure your outdoor area is safe for fireworks use.

• Fireworks should only be lighted on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry vegetation, and flammable materials.

• Do not string fireworks on utility poles.

• Keep any type of ladder, pole, or tie lines used to set up fireworks at least ten feet from power lines.

• Never ignite fireworks in metal or glass containers.

• Have a garden hose or a bucket of water ready in the event of a fire.

• Fireworks must not be used by persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

• Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.

• When lighting fireworks, never position any part of your body over them.

• Never attempt to reignite malfunctioning fireworks.

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

• Never experiment with homemade fireworks, as they are dangerous and illegal.

General Fireworks Prohibitions

It is unlawful for any person on Oahu to:

• Throw ignited fireworks at a person or an animal.

• Throw ignited fireworks from above the first floor of any building.

• Throw ignited fireworks from, at, or into a vehicle.

• Set off fireworks on public ways, in parks, cane fields, or places of worship.

• Set off fireworks on public beaches or in forest or wildlife preserves.

• Set off fireworks in school buildings or on school grounds.

• Set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of hospitals, health and elderly care facilities, and facilities for the care of animals, including the zoo.

• Set off fireworks within 500 feet from a hotel.

• Offer for sale, sell, or give any fireworks to minors. Honolulu's ordinance makes it illegal for minors to use firecrackers on Oahu, even with adult supervision.

• Possess or use aerial fireworks, unless the Fire Chief of the HFD issues a display permit per Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 132D.

• Transport fireworks in carry-on or checked luggage, airline cargo, or mail.

• Remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.

Courtesy of Hawaii News Now

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