TIPS FOR A FUN AND SAFE 4TH OF JULY

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With the Fourth of July just a few days away, the Cleveland Division of Police would like to remind those attending holiday events of a few helpful tips:

If possible, use public transportation.

If you are going to consume alcohol, have a designated driver, use a taxi or take a bus.

If you do decide to drive to events, be sure to park in a parking lot or on a street designated for parking. Also, “Put Your Junk in Your Trunk”; car break ins are crimes of opportunity. Removing valuables from the passenger compartment where they can be easily seen greatly reduces the chance of your car getting broken into.

Adults should accompany young children at all times.

Agree on a meeting point should you lose track of anyone in your family or group.

“If You See Something, Say Something” If you see something illegal or suspicious, notify police.

Reminder

Fireworks pose a serious threat when not handled properly. However, Illegal fireworks pose an even greater threat to those using or storing them and revelers. Illegal fireworks are notoriously unreliable and dangerous, and can quickly turn a holiday into a tragic day. The vast majority of injuries occur during the weeks leading up to and following the Fourth of July. For a safe and fun Fourth of July, leave the fireworks to the experts.

Further, the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks are illegal in the City of Cleveland.

Unnecessary Noise 605.10(b)(10) includes “the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any
fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks…” as a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
Violations of this section after having been warned within 36 hours of a second
occurrence are a misdemeanor of the third degree. Violations of this section during any
dates of June 15 through July 15 inclusive are a misdemeanor of the third degree.