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County urges extra caution with fireworks due to dry weather, vog

MEDIA RELEASE

County of Hawai‘i fire officials are urging residents to use more than the usual amount of caution when setting off fireworks to celebrate the New Year.

With drier than normal weather and drought conditions in parts of the island, residents should use extreme care in setting off fireworks and, if possible, avoid setting off fireworks in drought-stricken areas.

Also, with the current VOG and weather conditions, the smoke generated by fireworks may add to these health concerns and persons suffering from respiratory illnesses should take precaution and remain indoors during the peak fireworks use periods.

The Hawaii Fire Department would like to once again ask for the public’s assistance in assuring a safe and enjoyable New Year. With the current ongoing sale of fireworks, we ask that the public purchase and use fireworks safely and follow these basic tips:

  • Set off the fireworks only during the approved time which is from 9 p.m. on December 31, 2009 to 1 a.m. on January 1, 2010.
  • Set off all fireworks safely away from buildings, vehicles, grass and vegetation or other flammable materials.
  • Provide adult supervision for children using fireworks.
  • Do not modify or take apart any fireworks and only use them as the labels or instructions state.
  • Soak down all used fireworks with water before placing in the trash.
  • Do not attempt to relight or reuse malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Keep a water hose, fire extinguisher, or bucket of water nearby in the event of a fire.

The County of Hawai‘i Fire Department appreciates everyone’s help and assistance and wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year.

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