July 4th - Tips for a Safe Holiday

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office hopes you and your family have a fun and exciting Fourth of July holiday. Here are some ways to stay safe while you celebrate...

Fireworks

Oregon law forbids the possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon.

Legal fireworks may be purchased from permitted fireworks retailers and stands. Children should always be supervised when using fireworks. See the “Supporting Documents” below for more tips on fireworks safety from the Oregon State Fire Marshal.

The best way to stay safe? Attend a public fireworks display and leave the lighting to the professionals.

Driving

Remember to always celebrate responsibly. Never operate a motor vehicle when you are impaired by alcohol or drugs. Ask a non-impaired friend to drive you home safely.  

Deputies will be out doing extra DUII  (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants) saturation patrol to keep everyone safe.

Swimming/Boating

Here are some tips to enjoy Oregon's rivers, lakes, and streams over the Fourth:

  • Don’t drink or use drugs and operate a boat. Bring along a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water.
  • Always wear a properly fitted life jacket.
  • Never boat or swim alone.
  • Don’t dive head-first into water unless you are sure it is deep enough and unobstructed.
  • Don’t jump or dive into an area where others are swimming.

And please, never leave children unattended near any body of water.

Pets

More pets get lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Keep your pets inside as much as possible. Make sure they have a tag or are chipped with your contact information and that all their vaccinations and licensing are up-to-date.

Remember that common Fourth of July items such as citronella candles and glow sticks can be toxic to your furry friends, so stow them out of reach of inquisitive noses!

Grilling

Keep your grills out in the open, away from your house, tree branches, or anything else that could catch fire. Always supervise the grill when in use and keep children and pets away from it.