Keep It Legal
Oregon law bands fireworks that fly, explode, or move across the ground more than 6 feet. Fireworks purchased by mail order, in other states or on Native American reservations may be illegal in Oregon. This includes popular items such as bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and M80s. To keep it legal, purchase all fireworks at licensed Oregon fireworks stands only.
Under Oregon law, fire and law enforcement officials can seize illegal fireworks and you can be fined up to $500 per violation and/or arrested. It is also important to remember that you can be held civilly liable for damages resulting from improper use of any fireworks – legal or illegal. Oregon law also makes parents liable for damage caused by their children and allows fire agencies to charge for the cost of suppressing fires caused by fireworks.
Keep It Safe
Some people mistakenly think that because some fireworks are legal, they are safer. A large number of fireworks injuries are caused by legal fireworks. Items like sparklers, a favorite of children can reach temperatures up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and can easily cause serious burns.
Fire District No.2 Fire Fighters urge the public to follow this important safety tips:
•Only adults should light or handle fireworks.
•Never give fireworks to children.
•Store fireworks, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
•Supervise children at all times when fireworks are being used.
•Use fireworks outdoors on a paved surface, away from buildings, vehicles and vegetation.
•Never point or throw fireworks at people, pets, or buildings.
•Never pick up or try to re-light a “dud”.
•Never alter fireworks or make your own. Homemade explosives can be deadly
•Have a hose or bucket with water readily available to douse misfired and spent fireworks, and to extinguish potential fires.
•Allow spent fireworks to cool by letting them soak inside a bucket with water before disposing of them. Never place spent fireworks in plastic, paper or wooden containers.
•Remember Alcohol and fireworks do not mix!
Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Restrictions of fireworks are for a good cause. No matter how small or large a firework may be, it is a potential fire starter. But it is still possible to celebrate and enjoy the holiday. Families can consult the newspaper or local activity calendar and attend one of several approved, licensed fireworks displays around Douglas County.
Individuals concerned about neighbors using fireworks are reminded that Fourth of July festivities result in an increase in activity for all public safety agencies. Because resources are limited, priority must be given to truly hazardous situations. Individuals with a fire or medical emergency should call 9-1-1; other situations should be reported via the non-emergency 9-1-1 number 541-440-4471. Situations without a specific address or threat to life safety or property will be responded to as resources allow.