Bill amended to allow Christmas trees in hotels with sprinklers, fire watch

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed into law Thursday a bill that amends the State Fire Code to allow holiday trees in hotels with sprinklers and a fire watch.

Among other things, the bill amends the code to allow “natural cut Christmas trees” both in assembly and hotel public spaces “that are protected throughout with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system” where an “approved fire watch shall be provided for the duration in which the Christmas trees remain in the hotel.”

Businesses will also have to treat their trees with a fire retardant.

The amended bill won the support of the Honolulu Fire Department and was passed by the Honolulu City Council unanimously on Nov. 4.

After the signing, the city’s Christmas tree was put up in front of Honolulu Hale. The Norfolk pine is 55 feet tall and was donated by Lana Kim of Hawaii Kai.

The tree will be decorated in time for the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony and parade on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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