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Tips on preventing fires this Independence Day

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Tips on preventing fires this Independence Day


Been in Bend on the 4th of July lately? Then chances are you've seen at least part of Pilot Butte go up in flames. It may be a longstanding "tradition" to see the fireworks above the butte and the smoldering stuff below it, but it's not exactly ideal. According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon saw 192 reported fireworks-related fires in 2016, which caused $519,000 in property damage.

Temperatures are expected to be around 80 degrees in Bend on July 4th—but even if it does stay relatively mild, fire officials have these tips for you to keep it safe this holiday.

Here are the four B's, courtesy of the Office of the State Fire Marshal and other local fire officials:

  • Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
  • Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
  • Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
  • Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

Have fun out there, and happy birthday, U.S.A.!



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Nicole Vulcan

Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. While the pandemic reduced "hobbies" to "aspirations," you can mostly find her raising chickens, walking dogs, riding all the bikes and attempting to turn a high desert scrap of land into a permaculture oasis. (Progress: slow.)

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