Thursday, June 29, 2017

Keep It Legal-Keep It Safe OR Face the Consequences (Photo)

KEEP IT LEGAL-KEEP IT SAFE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES (PHOTO)


News Release from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: June 29th, 2017 4:30 PM
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Hillsboro Fire and Rescue and Hillsboro Police will be patrolling streets over the July 4th holiday enforcing the Oregon laws on fireworks. Extra teams of enforcement officers will patrol the city streets. Discharging illegal fireworks in the city could bring you a fine of up to $500 along with criminal charges of reckless endangerment or disorderly conduct. In addition, your fireworks, legal or not, may be confiscated if they have been used improperly or are threatening property.

In 2016, there were 192 fireworks-related fires causing more than $519,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, fireworks-related fires were responsible for more than $2.1 million in property loss. Oregon State Law prohibits the possession and use of illegal fireworks, defined as those that fly, explode or shoot projectiles. Illegal items include: M-80s, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers. Legal fireworks are described as snakes, sparklers, fountains and spinning ground wheels. City of Hillsboro ordinances also prohibit the use of public property, such as parks and school facilities, for the purposes of using any type of fireworks without a permit.

If you are planning a family fireworks event, please follow these tips:

* Children under 12 years of age should not handle fireworks. Teens from 13 to 18 should be supervised.
* Ensure one adult is supervising all fireworks activities all the time.
* Keep a bucket of water or charged water hose to douse duds. Never pick up a dud. It could still explode.
* And, dispose of spent fireworks in a metal bucket filled with water.
* Sparklers burn at 12-hundred degrees and can cause severe burns. They are not for small children!
* Use legal fireworks on hard or paved surfaces away from dry vegetation or trees.
* For maximum safety of your family, attend a community fireworks display presented by professionals.

Use legal fireworks on hard or paved surfaces away from dry vegetation or trees.
For maximum safety of your family, attend a community fireworks display presented by professionals.

And finally, homeowners are reminded that their homeowners' insurance may not cover damages resulting from knowingly using illegal fireworks or improperly using legal fireworks.

For fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166. For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire

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