Salem Fire Department
370 Trade St. SE
Salem, OR 97301

Dial 9-1-1

503-588-6111 ext.1 (Non-Emergency)
503-588-6245 (Business/Admin)
503-588-6371 (fax)


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are approved for sale in Oregon each year from June 23 through July 6. State-legal fireworks can be purchased from licensed retailers in Salem during this time period. You can also enjoy watching the large professional fireworks displays around the area.

Each year, the Salem Fire Department responds to many fireworks-related incidents. Some of these incidents have resulted in very expensive losses, including damage to vehicles and buildings. Injuries related to the use of fireworks are also a concern. Young ones are most at risk. National statistics indicate children and teenagers are two-and-a-half times more likely than others to suffer a fireworks-related injury.

Protect your family and property from fires and injuries by practicing the “Four BEs” when using fireworks, as recommended by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Salem Fire Department.

Be Prepared before Lighting the Fireworks

  • Use only legal fireworks available at licensed fireworks sales locations.
  • Store fireworks out of children’s reach.
  • Always read and follow the directions on the firework’s label.
  • Place pets indoors; they are easily frightened by fireworks.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket of water).

Be Safe when Lighting Fireworks

  • Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors and away from combustibles.
  • Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
  • Keep children and pets away from fireworks.
  • Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.

Be Responsible after Lighting Fireworks

  • Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water.
  • Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly.
  • Never re-light a “dud” firework. (Wait at least 15–20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.)

Be Aware of Laws Governing Fireworks

  • Use only legal fireworks.
  • Use fireworks only where it is legal to do so.
  • Fireworks are prohibited in City and State Parks.

The Salem Fire Department wants you and your family to have a fun and enjoyable Independence Day celebration by ensuring safe practices and legal use of consumer fireworks. Please use your fireworks safely and responsibly, and remember to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe.”