Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Legal Fireworks Allowed, Common Sense Urged

LEGAL FIREWORKS ALLOWED, COMMON SENSE URGED


News Release from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: June 27th, 2017 9:43 AM
With the Fourth of July Holiday approaching, many are stocking up on one of the biggest ways to celebrate -- fireworks. Beginning June 23 and running through July 6, fireworks are approved for sale in Oregon. State-legal fireworks can be purchased from licensed retailers in Hillsboro during this time period. You can also enjoy watching the large professional fireworks displays at the Hop's game and around the area.

Each year at this time, both the Hillsboro Fire and Police Department respond to many fireworks-related incidents. Some of these incidents have resulted in very expensive losses, damaging both vehicles and buildings. Injuries related to fireworks use are also a concern. National statistics indicate children and teenagers have two-and-a-half times the risk of fireworks-related injury as compared to the general population.

Protect your family and property from fireworks-related fires and injuries by practicing the "Four BE's" as recommended by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and the Hillsboro Fire/Police Department.

Be prepared before lighting the fireworks
* Use only legal fireworks available at licensed fireworks sales locations.
* Store fireworks out of children's reach.
* Always read and follow the directions on the firework's label.
* Place pets indoors; they are easily frightened by fireworks.
* Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket of water).

Be safe when lighting fireworks
* Only adults should light fireworks.
* Keep matches and lighters away from children.
* Only use fireworks outdoors and away from combustibles.
* Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
* Keep children and pets away from fireworks.
* Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.

Be responsible after lighting fireworks
* Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water.
* Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly.
* Never re-light a "dud" firework. (Wait at least 15--20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.)

Be aware of laws governing fireworks
* Use only legal fireworks.
* Use fireworks only where it is legal to do so.
* Fireworks are prohibited in City and State Parks.

The Hillsboro Police and Fire Department encourages you and your family to have a fun and enjoyable Independence Day celebration by ensuring safe practices and legal use of consumer fireworks. Please use your fireworks safely and responsibly, and remember to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe."

Additional information about local fire and life safety information, contact Hillsboro Fire & Rescue at 503-681-6166 or visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire.

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