Did you know a sparkler burns at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit?
Independence Day is a holiday of parades, fun in the park, barbecues and of course fireworks. The Bend Fire Department would like to remind you to keep the day safe and don’t get burned with fireworks.
Fireworks go on sale in Oregon on June 23 each year. There are many retailers that you can purchase legal fireworks from in the Bend area. Buying fireworks from a permitted facility helps ensure you are buying legal and compliant fireworks for use in Bend and throughout Oregon. Fireworks purchased in one state may not be legal in another state. Contact your local fire department for a list of permitted and approved fireworks sales locations in your area.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), on average each year, fireworks start 18,500 fires, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires cause an annual average of 3 deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and $43 million in direct property damage.
In Bend the legal age to buy, sell, possess or use fireworks is 18 years of age (Bend Code 5.30.000).
This means that an adult is required to purchase, handle and ignite the fireworks used in Bend. Other communities may have different regulations, check with your local fire or police department to find out what the legal age is for fireworks sale, possession and use in your area.
Fireworks illegal in the State of Oregon are any type that fly, explode, eject balls of fire or move across the ground more than 6 feet or into the air more than 12 inches. This includes aerial or “sky lanterns” which have recently become popular. Deschutes County 911 will be fielding all fireworks related complaints through their dispatch center. Citizens can call the non-emergency phone 541-693-6911 to report illegal fireworks use. Persons using illegal fireworks are subject to a citation up to $750 (plus court cost/fees) and confiscation of all illegal fireworks.
Use caution when using fireworks. As the days get hotter and drier, the possibility of fires due to fireworks use increases. Ensure you are using fireworks in a safe manner this holiday season. Most of these fires and injuries are preventable. By following these simple tips, you and your family can stay safe this Fourth of July:
Illegal Fireworks Task Force - 2019
The City is planning to pair Police officers and Fire inspectors for an Illegal Fireworks Task Force to respond exclusively to illegal fireworks calls in late June and early July. The task force will patrol areas where data have shown a higher use of illegal fireworks. “If you’ve had a lot of fireworks in your neighborhood in the past, you can expect to see some patrols this year,” said Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Howe.
The task force, being scheduled for the nights of June 27 and 28 and July 3, 5 and 6, will focus on problematic areas identified by data, but will also respond to calls as able. 2019-20 City Council Goals prioritized increasing illegal firework enforcement activities as part of a comprehensive wildfire resilience plan.
Fireworks that explode, fly more than 12 inches in the air or move laterally more than six feet are illegal to possess and use in Oregon.
Those who witness the use of illegal fireworks can call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. Please do not call 911 to report fireworks unless there is a confirmed fire or injury. Calls to non-emergency dispatch will not always result in emergency response from fire or law enforcement.
o Only use fireworks that are LEGAL FOR USE IN OREGON
o Always read the directions of the firework you are about to use
o Set up a bucket of water or have a hose ready to douse any misfired fireworks or fires
o Soak used fireworks in water prior to disposing of them - at least 24 hours worth of soaking before disposal
o Only use fireworks outdoors, on a non-combustible surface keeping away from cars, buildings, and combustible vegetation
o Never alter fireworks or make your own
o Never pick up or try to re-light a “dud”
o Store fireworks, lighters and matches out of reach of children
o In Bend it's unlawful for a person under the age of 18 years to sell, keep or offer for sale, expose for sale, possess, use, explode or have exploded any fireworks within the City.
o Supervise the area where fireworks are being used and make sure everyone is kept a safe distance away from the fireworks
o Alcohol use can contribute to an even greater risk of injury or fire when combined with fireworks use, please be responsible.
o Use only legal fireworks.
o Use fireworks only in legal places
o Fireworks are prohibited on all beaches, State Parks, & State or Federal Forest lands.
The annual Pilot Butte display is a safe alternative and is one of the largest shows in Oregon. It provides an incredible fireworks show for people of all ages to enjoy without risk to life or property.