How to Avoid a Fireworks Injury in Oregon

Are you planning on using fireworks in Oregon this upcoming holiday season?

Learn how to avoid a fireworks injury and keep yourself and your loved ones safe during the festivities.

Nationally, over 10,000 people were treated in emergency rooms and 11 people died from fireworks-related injuries in 2022. [1]

Are you planning on using fireworks in Oregon this upcoming holiday season?

Before Lighting Fireworks

Before you embark on your fireworks display, make sure you are adequately prepared. This not only ensures your safety but also guarantees a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Here are some steps to help you avoid fireworks injuries in Oregon:

  • Know the Laws and Regulations: Familiarize yourself with the specific laws and regulations regarding fireworks in Oregon. Each city and county may have its own rules, so be well-informed. Follow these guidelines to avoid potential legal consequences and keep yourself and others safe.
  • Choose a Suitable Location: Find a safe and appropriate location to set off your fireworks. Make sure there is enough open space, free from any combustible materials, trees, or other flammable objects. 
  • Purchase Fireworks from Licensed Sellers: Ensure that you buy fireworks from authorized vendors. These vendors follow regulations and offer products that have met safety standards. Licensed vendors know about product liability such as design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn. 
  • Read and Follow Instructions: Carefully read the instructions on the fireworks before use as it will inform you how to light fireworks correctly and understand their potential hazards. 
  • Have Safety Equipment on Hand: Keep a bucket of water, a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit nearby as they can come in handy in case of an emergency. It is always better to be prepared and have resources readily available to address any situation promptly.
  • Never Ignite Fireworks Near People or Animals: Establish a safety perimeter around the fireworks area. Keep spectators, especially children and pets, at a safe distance from where the fireworks are being lit in order to prevent burn injuries
  • Never Relight Malfunctioning Fireworks: If a firework fails to ignite or goes off incorrectly, do not attempt to relight it. Wait for at least 15-20 minutes and then proceed to place it in a bucket of water. Dousing malfunctioning fireworks reduces the chances of accidental ignition and helps prevent accidents.
  • Dispose of Fireworks Properly: After the fireworks have been used, ensure they are safely disposed of. Soak the spent fireworks in water for an extended period to eliminate any remaining heat. Once completely cooled down, discard the fireworks in a designated, non-combustible container.
Before Lighting Fireworks

Weather Conditions and Fireworks Safety

Keep the weather in mind when using fireworks to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Here are some important factors to consider:

  • Wind Conditions: Strong winds can blow the fireworks off course, increasing the risk of accidents or causing them to land in unsafe areas.
  • Dry Conditions: In areas prone to drought or with dry vegetation, the risk of fires caused by fireworks increases significantly. Dry grass, leaves, or debris can easily catch fire from sparks or embers. Follow local regulations and restrictions, which may include bans on fireworks during dry or high-risk fire seasons.

In 2017, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office reported 318 fireworks-related fires in Oregon. Over the past five years, fireworks caused more than $3 million in property damage. [2]

  • Temperature: High heat can cause the chemicals inside fireworks to become unstable and increase the risk of unexpected explosions. 
  • Visibility: Consider the visibility situation before lighting fireworks. Poor visibility due to fog, heavy rain, or low-light conditions can make it difficult to safely ignite and manage fireworks. Maintain a clear line of sight to ensure everyone’s safety.

Have You Sustained a Burn Injury Due to a Defective Firework?

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Oregon prohibits the use of aerial fireworks, including rockets and missiles, as well as firecrackers that contain more than 50 milligrams of explosive composition. Any fireworks that explode or are designed to fly through the air are not permitted. 

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room to receive prompt medical care. If there is bleeding, apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or bandage. Avoid using any home remedies or ointments on the injury. 

In Oregon, the Statute of Limitations for a fireworks injury is typically two years. This means that individuals who have suffered injuries due to fireworks have a legal timeframe of two years from the date of the incident to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. Be sure to consult with an attorney who specializes in personal injury law because the Statute of Limitations can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case.


[1] Today, U. (2023, July 3). 11 people died from fireworks-related injuries last year: How to stay safe this July 4th. USA TODAY.

[2] Portland Fire & Rescue Fireworks Facts & Safety. Please Celebrate Safely. . (n.d.).

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