KFD and KPD Offer Safety Tips for July 4th

LIHU’E – County officials are reminding the public of safety precautions this holiday weekend as the nation celebrates July 4.

It is illegal to set off fireworks on public property, including streets, sidewalks and parks. Additionally, removing powder or pyrotechnic content from any fireworks is prohibited, according to the Kaua’i Fire Department.

The public is also advised that all overhead lights, also known as flying lanterns or flying lights, are prohibited in Hawai’i.

Fireworks and firecrackers can only be lit on private property between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 4, and some require permits available until today only.

KFD’s Fire Prevention Office advises everyone to use caution when lighting fireworks, follow the instructions listed, and ensure children are always under adult supervision.

“We encourage the public to be proactive in celebrating the July 4th Bank Holiday weekend, have a safe area for fireworks, and have enough water through a bucket or hose. sprinkler to put out fires or debris, ”said Jeremie Makepa, captain of KFD’s fire prevention office. mentionned.

“As a reminder, Kaua’i may experience drier conditions in July conducive to bushfires, so celebrating responsibly is essential to prevent fires.”

Kaua’i Police will strengthen law enforcement to help deter the use of illegal fireworks and firecrackers this weekend. Patrol officers will also be on the roads to reduce drunk driving.

“We know how much fun it is for family and friends to get together while on vacation, but we want to remind everyone to be responsible and not to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking,” said the chef. Kaua’i Police Department, Todd. G. Raybuck.

“We would also like to encourage people to be courteous to their neighbors and keep them in mind while celebrating. It’s great to enjoy Independence Day with fireworks and firecrackers, but it’s important to remember to do so legally and to take into consideration the noise and smoke that can harm others, including including our kupuna, veterans and our beloved pets, ”said Raybuck.

People who wish to report illegal activity can do so by contacting KPD dispatch at 241-1711.

The public is also reminded that Kaua’i remains at Level 4, with a social gathering limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.

Additionally, the Office of Fire Prevention is partnering with Family Life Center Kaua’i and various outreach partners to educate campers and homeless community members on outdoor fire prevention measures. Most recently, KFD teams visited Salt Pond Beach Park and will be visiting other locations.

The Fire Prevention Office offers the following safety tips:

• Be careful with fireworks and use them responsibly only from 1 pm to 9 pm on July 4th;

• Be aware of the direction of the wind and the gusts which could spread the fire quickly;

• Set up your camp in an open and flat area with a sleeping area 50 feet upwind of your cooking area;

• Ensure cooking fires are used in a fireplace to reduce spills of wood or other fuels;

• Limit the fires to the size necessary for cooking the food provided;

• Have enough water available through a bucket or garden hose to put out fires after cooking;

• Have a 6 foot safety zone around fires and keep children and pets away from the area;

• Dispose of the coals after they have cooled in a metal container;

• Never leave grills or fireplaces unattended;

• Have an emergency exit to an open area away from the rapid spread of fire.

A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. When this event occurs, the National Weather Service issues a red flag warning, which means fire critical weather conditions are occurring or will occur shortly. A red flag warning does not predict new fires.

Any fire that develops will likely spread quickly under these conditions, according to the National Weather Service. Therefore, the public should not participate in any outdoor burning.

For more information on fire safety, contact the Fire Prevention Office at 241-4985.

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