The fire chiefs of Linn and Benton Counties are asking the public to exercise extreme caution with fireworks during this Fourth of July holiday weekend. The hot, dry weather and low snow pack have created fire conditions that are ripe for the ignition and spread of unwanted fires.
Only legal fireworks are permitted for use throughout Oregon. Oregon law forbids possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are examples of illegal fireworks in Oregon.
There are a number of local, state and federal agencies that have banned the use of all fireworks on their protected lands. Some of those agencies include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Parks, US Department of Forestry, and the US Bureau of Land Management. Please follow specific laws and rules regarding fireworks use in these jurisdictions.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch them at a community event and the fire chiefs would strongly encourage the public to watch fireworks shows in place of lighting off fireworks this year. However, the following safety precautions should be followed for adults when using fireworks:
* Light fireworks only on smooth, flat, hard surfaces, and aim them away from spectators, buildings, dry grass, and flammable materials.
* Keep a bucket of water, garden hose, or fire extinguisher handy.
* Do not try to relight fireworks that malfunction.
* Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or hold them close to your face.
* Do not modify fireworks or use homemade fireworks.
* Keep a phone handy and know first aid for burns.
* Ensure all fireworks are extinguished/cold before disposing in trash receptacles