According to U.S. Fire Administration data, the improper use of fireworks causes about 6,000 fires yearly, costing over $8 million dollars in damages. There are also many injuries every year related to careless use of fireworks.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional firework display. However, if you choose to have your own display there are some steps to take to ensure your event is fun filled and not catastrophic.
1. Know your local state and local regulations on firework use. In Oregon fireworks are prohibited
on all federal and state owned forestland, as well as beaches and state parks. This year
fireworks are also banned in Ashland City limits.
2. Additionally, make sure the fireworks you’ve selected are legal. Any firework that travels more
than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air is illegal for use in Oregon.
3. Fireworks are for outdoor use only!
4. Make sure fireworks are lit in an area free of dry vegetation or other combustible materials.
5. Always have a bucket of water or a hose immediately available when using fireworks.
6. Adults should be the only ones lighting fireworks.
7. Supervise children at all times.
8. Don’t allow children to pick up pieces of fireworks after the event. Some may still be ignited.
9. It is recommended that children under 12 don’t use sparklers unless very closely supervised by
10. Spectators need to keep a safe distance away from active fireworks.
11. Never attempt to relight a device that has not been activated.
12. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak all devices that have been lit even “duds” before disposing of
them in the garbage.
13. Always read accompanying directions on fireworks before igniting them.
14. Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during windy conditions.
15. Never throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.
Did you know?
- In 2003, the firework devices responsible for the most injuries were (1) firecrackers, (2) bottle rockets, (3) sparklers.*
- Aerial "bombs," M-80's, Cherry Bombs, and large fireworks with more than two grains of powder are federally banned from public sale.*
**U.S. Department of Homeland Security/ U.S. Fire Administration
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