HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The Honolulu Fire Department wants to remind everyone fireworks can be dangerous.
They say even though consumer fireworks are legal in Hawaii, they are still risky and present a danger. Improper use of fireworks can cause fires and severe injuries.
The HFD provides the following fireworks safety tips to ensure everyone enjoys a safe New Year's Eve celebration.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Use only approved fireworks from a licensed retail outlet that posts its retail license.
- Always read and follow all warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer for the safe handling and use of fireworks.
- Never point or throw fireworks at a person, building, or animal.
- Never ignite fireworks indoors. Make sure 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.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Have a garden hose or a bucket of water ready in the event of a fire.
- Adults should always supervise the use of fireworks by children. Even sparklers can be dangerous for children to use without adult supervision.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
- Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
- When lighting fireworks, never position any part of your body over them.
- Never attempt to relight malfunctioning fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never experiment with homemade fireworks. They are dangerous and illegal.
Fireworks General Prohibitions:
It shall be unlawful for any person to: