Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Fourth of July - Be Safe & Have Fun!

The following advice is provided by the Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Cooperative.
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.

  • In Oregon, fireworks are prohibited on all federal- and state-owned forestland, as well as state and county parks and campgrounds.
  • Make sure the fireworks you intend to use 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.
  • Fireworks are for outdoor use only!
  • Make sure fireworks are lit in an area free of dry vegetation and other combustible materials.
  • Always have a bucket of water, fire extinguisher or a hose immediately available when using fireworks.
  • Responsible adults should be the only ones lighting fireworks.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Don’t allow children to pick up pieces of used fireworks. Some may still be hot enough to burn skin and clothing.
  • It is recommended that children under 12 don’t use sparklers unless closely supervised by an adult.
  • Spectators need to keep a safe distance away from active fireworks.
  • Soak all used fireworks, even duds, in a bucket of water before disposing of them in the garbage.
  • Always follow the directions on fireworks before igniting them.
  • Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during windy conditions.
  • Last but not least, if fireworks cause a fire, call 9-1-1 immediately.