New Year's Eve Fireworks Safety Tips

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:

  • Remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.
  • Throw any ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle.
  • Set off fireworks in the vicinity of health care facilities and facilities for the care of animals.
  • Set off fireworks by schools.
  • Set off fireworks on public ways, in parks, cane fields, or places of worship.
  • Set off, ignite, discharge, or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks within 500 feet from any hotel, which shall include the area of the City and County of Honolulu commonly known as Waikiki, particularly described as the district bounded by the Ala Wai Canal, Kapahulu Avenue, and along the ocean back to the entrance of the Ala Wai Canal, unless a permit has been issued to allow it.
  • Offer for sale, sell, or give any fireworks to minors.  Parents or guardians may allow a minor to use fireworks only while under the immediate supervision and control of an adult. 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 luggage, checked luggage, airline cargo, or mail.