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Fireworks Laws and Safety 6-27-2012

Fireworks Laws and Safety 6-27-2012

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 MEDFORD FIRE-RESCUEFIRE & LIFE SAFETY DIVISION
 www.medfordfirerescue.org 200 S. Ivy St., Room #180Medford, OR 97501 Telephone (541) 774-2300FAX (541) 774-2514
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Media Release- June 27, 2012Fireworks Laws and Safety
 
If you are planning to use fireworks, make sure you are doing it legally and safely. Eventhe most seemingly safe fireworks can be dangerous. Used in the wrong areas they canignite destructive fires and misused they can cause serious injury. In 2011 theConsumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reported the following statistics relatedto fireworks:
4 deaths
All traumas to the head and/or chest
9,600 estimated hospital treated injuries
65% of these occurred between June 17
th
and July 17
th
 
 
Sparkler1800 – 3000
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F
Typical injuries include:
Burns (account for more than ½ of the injuries)
Contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies in the eyes
Injuries to hands and fingers were most common, with injuries tohead/face/eyes the next most common injury
Children under the age of 15 accounted for 26% of the total estimatedinjuries
Firecrackers (illegal in Oregon) accounted for:
13% of the estimated hospital treated injuries
Sparklers accounted for:
17% of the estimated hospital treated injuries
36% of the injuries to children less than 5 years of age
Bottle rockets (illegal in Oregon) accounted for:
6% of the estimated hospital treated injuries
 
 
Where is the Use of Fireworks Legal in Medford?
In Medford, only Oregon legal consumer fireworks are allowed to be used in certainareas. The use of all fireworks is prohibited in the following areas:
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Hazardous Wildfire Areas
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Bear Creek Greenway
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Any City park
o
Any Public School
Note: The hazardous wildfire areas in Medford are the hillside areas. Within the City limits, these areas are generally east of N. Foothills Road and north of Cherry Lane. To view the Medford City limits Hazardous Wildfire Area Map, visit: 
What are Oregon Legal Consumer Fireworks?
Oregon legal fireworks (retail sale fireworks) are those 1.4G (Class C) consumerfireworks that do not:
 
Explode
 
Fly into the air
 
Travel more than six (6) feet horizontally and/or
 
Travel more than twelve (12) inches vertically from the point of ignition.Examples include sparklers, ground blooms, fountains, etc. Party poppers, smokebombs, snakes, are not considered fireworks and are legal to use.
Sparkler Ground Bloom Cone Fountain Base Fountain Wheel 
What are Oregon Illegal Fireworks/Explosives?
Oregon illegal fireworks/explosives are devices that don’t meet the above requirements.Examples include M-80’s, fire crackers, bottle rockets, sky rockets, mortars, aerialspinners, jumping jacks, etc. Anyone violating the local and State’s fireworks statutescould face confiscation of the devices and a civil penalty of up to $500 per violation.
Mortar Crazy Jack Firecrackers M-80 Bottle Sky Roman AerialRocket Rocket Candle Spinner
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