With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday this year, it can only mean one thing – an extended, weekend long celebration to include fireworks and lots of family-friendly fun. If so, the Portland Water Bureau encourages you to take extra precaution to ensure your holiday will be a blast but hazard free:
- Keep a water hose, with the water turned on, nearby to douse fireworks or to put out fires. If you don’t have a hose, keep a bucket of water handy.
- NEVER try to relight a firework that does not go off or misfires. Douse it with water.
- Light fireworks on paved surfaces, as far away from buildings and flammable vegetation as you can get.
- NEVER light fireworks inside a house, building or garage.
- NEVER aim fireworks at other people, pets, cars, buildings, or trees and bushes.
- Use only legal fireworks approved for Oregon, and always use them as directed.
- Never attempt to alter or combine firework devices.
For additional information on using fireworks safely and the associated laws and regulations in Oregon, click here and visit the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s website.