City, State agencies work together to make 4th of July safe

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - With 4th of July just one week away, the Honolulu Fire Department held a conference to talk about fire safety.

Other agencies invited to speak included the Honolulu Police Department, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.

The focus was not only on the 4th of July holiday, but up coming wildfire season as well.

Historically 4th of July is one of the busiest days for fire fighters and other rescue agencies. Luckily, last year they didn't have to respond to any serious or critical incidents.

"We're hoping that trend repeats itself again this year," said Bryan Cheplic with the Emergency Services Department.

It's a time when following simple rules could not only save lives and bodily injury, but also save valuable resources for other emergencies. If a potentially hazardous fire does break out it's important to act fast.

"Calling 911 immediately, could mean the difference between one fire apparatus, four firefighters or 25 apparatus', two helicopters and over 100 personnel," said Chief Glenn de Laura with the Federal Fire Department.

There are a number of ways to enjoy the holiday without buying fireworks, like watching legal fireworks displays held throughout the island. If fireworks are needed to celebrate your 4th of July.

"Please insure that proper permits are obtained."

Many hospital trips during this holiday are attributed to using legal fireworks carelessly. It is important to follow the manufacturers listed warnings and instructions to ensure safety.

"Never experiment with homemade fireworks they are dangerous and they are illegal," said Chief Kenneth Silva with the Honolulu Fire Department.

Government, City, and State agencies working together to make this 4th of July fun and safe for everybody.

Fireworks are going to be sold from June 29th through July 4th at 8 p.m.

The legal time to set them off is July 4th from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.