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2021 Firework Safety

Community members are urged to voluntarily limit the use of fireworks, even those that are considered legal in Oregon.

On June 30, Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to the imminent threat of wildfire across Oregon. On the heels of record-breaking high temperatures, much of the state is in high or extreme fire danger with red flag warnings in effect for hot, dry, windy conditions and dry thunderstorms.

Brown urged Oregonians to take charge in preventing human-caused fires by being prepared, safe, responsible, and aware.

Community members are encouraged to celebrate the Fourth of July this year in other ways, including attending a professional fireworks display, watching a televised fireworks event or celebrating Independence Day without fireworks.

Community members also are encouraged to help our first responders by calling non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111 and only call 911 if there is fire, immediate danger or harm.

Hot Weather Tips

  • Never leave pets or children alone in a vehicles—temperatures inside can reach dangerous levels in just a few minutes. If you see a child or pet in a hot car that appears lethargic, unable to move or sick, it could be a medical emergency. Call 911 right away.
  • Keep your blinds or curtains closed can reduce the amount of heat passing through your home by as much as 45 percent.
  • Keep all windows and doors shut until the temperature outside begins to cool.
  • Ventilate at night, by pointing the fan blades outside to suck warm air out of your home.
  • Makeshift Air Conditioner, visit this link to learn how to make an at-home air conditioner unit for $8 https://youtu.be/FaC0dlRENk0
  • Make a cold compress using a cotton sock filled with rice, tied with twine and frozen for two hours before bedtime. Place between your sheets to keep your bed cool.
  • Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Keep an eye out for heat illness. There are three types of heat illness:
    • Heat cramps: painful spasms usually in muscles of legs and abdomen. Heavy sweating. First Aid: Firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massage to relieve spasm. Give sips of water or a sports drink. If nausea occurs, discontinue use.
    • Heat Exhaustion:Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy. Pulse thready. Normal temperature possible. Fainting and vomiting. First Aid: Get victim out of sun. Lay down and loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Fan or move victim to air conditioned room. Give sips of water or a sports drink. If nausea occurs, discontinue use. If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.
    • Heat Stroke (or sunstroke): High body temperature (106° F. or higher). Hot, dry skin. Rapid and strong pulse. Possible unconsciousness. First Aid: HEAT STROKE IS A SEVERE MEDICAL EMERGENCY. SUMMON EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE OR GET THE VICTIM TO A HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. DELAY CAN BE FATAL.

Cooling Centers

Cooling centers are available free of charge.

A great place to beat the heat is at the Beaverton City Library.

Beaverton City Library is located at 12375 SW 5th Street. TriMet route numbers 52, 76, and 78.
Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls is located at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place, Suite 102. TriMet route numbers 62 and 92.

Library Hours

Monday 10 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday 10 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 1 - 6 PM

Library Hours at Murray Scholls

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM
Thursday Closed
Friday 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 1 PM - 6 PM

To find a list of other Washington County area locations of cooling centers, visit: www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/hot-weather.cfm.