Fireworks during the Fourth of July are a tradition, but did you know that more fires are reported on this day than on any other of the year in the United States?
Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks.
The Portland Water Bureau encourages you to take extra precaution to ensure your fourth of July 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, visit the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s website.