At the start of this Oregon fireworks sales season, it’s a good time for a reminder on the safety basics of fireworks use. Last year, there were 117 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon, resulting in more than $1.6 million in property damage. In the past five years there were over 1,000 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon, tragically resulting in one death, 62 serious injuries, and nearly $5 million in property damage.
The Office of State Fire Marshal advises you to remember the “four B's” of safe fireworks use:
- Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket
- Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets a safe distance away
- Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud, and after 20 minutes soak in a bucket of water before disposal.
- Be Aware and use only legal purchased fireworks in an allowed area
You can review more fireworks safety tips here.