4th of July Fireworks SafetyWednesday, June 28, 2006
The most dangerous time of the year for injuries and fires caused by fireworks is here. While incidents related to fireworks can occur anytime, most occur between June 1st and July 31st as we celebrate the Independence Day holiday on the 4th of July.
The best way to be safe during this holiday is to leave the fireworks to the professionals. Attend one of the many fireworks exhibitions in the Willamette valley.
But if you and your family choose to use fireworks, obey the law and think safety. There were 194 reported fireworks related fires in 2005. While this is an almost 50% reduction in fireworks related incidents from 2004, they still did an estimated $287,667 in damage. Youths, seventeen and younger, were responsible for 35 % of the fireworks-related fires. This same age group was responsible for 76% of the total estimated dollar loss.
In Oregon, legal fireworks can only be sold only from June 23rd through July 6th at licensed retail stands. Oregon law requires that a person be at least sixteen years of age to purchase any fireworks.
Oregon law prohibits the sale or use of fireworks that do the following:
• Fly through the air
• Move more than twelve feet on smooth ground
• Act in an uncontrolled manner.
Examples of illegal fireworks include firecrackers, bottle or skyrockets, Roman candles and chasers.