Fireworks Information

FIREWORKS LAWS

The use of Oregon legal consumer fireworks is allowed within the City limits of Medford under the following conditions:


The use of retail fireworks within the City of Medford is PROHIBITED during any declared fire season except when the sale of fireworks is permitted within the State of Oregon pursuant to ORS 480.127 (June 23-July 6). The use of all types of fireworks is PROHIBITED within the following areas:

  • Hazardous Wildfire Areas
  • Bear Creek Greenway
  • Any City Park
  • Any Public School
Retail sales, manufacturing, and storage of fireworks are prohibited within the City limits of Medford.
 
FIREWORKS SAFETY INFORMATION
Fireworks can be entertaining but can also be dangerous. In 2010, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), three people died and an estimated 8,600 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States. The Medford Fire Department urgeís you to use extreme caution when considering the use of fireworks.   
 
The following are safety tips to consider:
      Never allow young children to play with fireworks
  • Sparklers account for 43% of injuries to children less than 5 years of age
      Always provide close adult supervision to older children
  • Four out of every ten (40%) people injured are children under the age of 15
      Only ignite fireworks in clear areas away from combustible vegetation and structures
  • Fire can quickly spread through flammable or combustible materials
      Never have any portion of your body over a firework when lighting
  • Wear protective eyewear and avoid wearing loose clothing
      Always keep a bucket of water or hose nearby
  • Can be used to quickly extinguish a fire before it spreads
  • Spent fireworks should be soaked in a bucket of water before disposing
      Never attempt to reignite a malfunctioning firework
  • Soak the firework and dispose
      Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container
  • This could explode and spread shrapnel
      Never experiment with homemade fireworks
  • These could be unpredictable
      Always observe local laws
  • Only Oregon legal consumer fireworks are allowed to be used within the Medford city limits. All fireworks are prohibited within the following areas:
 
  • the Hazardous Wildfire Areas
  • the Bear Creek Greenway
  • any City park
  • any Public School
 
  • What is an Oregon legal consumer firework?
 
A class 1.4G firework that does not explode, does not fly into the air, and does not travel from itís ignition point more than 12 inches vertically or 6 feet horizontally. These include such fireworks as base fountains, ground blooms, cone fountains, etc. For a visual example, click on the handout link below. 
 
  • What is illegal in Oregon?
 
Illegal fireworks include such items as mortars, bottle rockets, aerial spinners, sky rockets, missile rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, etc. Cherry bombs, silver salutes (M-100ís), ash cans (M-80ís), etc. are Oregon illegal explosive devices. Anyone violating Oregon fireworks statutes could face confiscation of the devices and a civil penalty of up to $500 per violation. For a visual example, click on the handout link below.
  
      Consider attending a professional public display event instead
  • These events are safe and impressive
 
      Remember your pets during the 4th of July events
 
  • Never take your pet to a firework display
  • Never leave your pet in the car
  • Move your pets indoors to a sheltered area. Turn on a radio to a normal volume
  • Never leave your pet unattended outdoors, even in a fenced yard
  • Make sure your pet is wearing an identification tag
  • If you know your pet is distressed by load noises, consult your veterinarian

 
It is the desire of the Medford Fire Department to educate the public about fireworks safety and fireworks laws, with the goal of preventing firework related injuries and destructive fires.

 
Additional Information:
 
Medford Fireworks Laws and Safety Information Handout 
Hazardous Wildfire Area Map
Medford Rural Fire District Fireworks Stand/Sales Safety Checklist
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Fireworks Program

Additional Department Information

Fire and Life Safety Department Contacts

Medford Fire-Rescue Fire & Life Safety Division
200 South Ivy Street, Room #180
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2300
Fax: (541) 774-2514
Contact: Deputy Chief - Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg
Email:
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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