July 4 Safety Reminders
The July 4 holiday weekend is almost here. If you are leaving town for the long weekend, here are a few things to remember:
- Ask a neighbor to look out for your home. Give them your cell number to reach you in the event something happens.
- Double check to see that all doors are locked and windows are closed.
- Ask a neighbor park in your driveway.
- Mow your lawn before you leave.
- Consider having someone pick up your mail or putting it on hold with the post office instead of leaving it sit in the mailbox all weekend.
If you will be home, keep an eye out for suspicious people and cars. Long holiday weekends with people out of town can mean burglars are looking for opportunities.
Fireworks that shoot in the air are illegal and are often a source of stress for animals and people. Please be considerate if you use fireworks this year. With many holiday celebrations cancelled, we realize that some residents may travel to a neighboring state to purchase illegal fireworks. Not only are they dangerous but they are also a fire hazard.
- Only use Minnesota-legal fireworks like sparklers, fountains, ground spinners and snappers.
- Point fireworks away from people and animals.
- Use fireworks in an open area away from trees and houses.
- Extinguish and dispose of spent fireworks in a bucket of water. Do not try to relight a dud.
- Always use caution around fireworks and make sure children are supervised.
Identity Theft Reports on the Rise
There has been a sharp increase of identity theft in the form of unemployment fraud in the past two weeks. Not only in Blaine, but around the metro area. Take a few minutes to check your credit history and consider placing a freeze on your credit report. The Federal Trade Commission has many helpful resources.
The police department often receives reports of illegal recreational fires. If you are not sure what you are allowed to use, please read the City of Blaine recreational fire regulations at BlaineMN.gov/RecFireRegulations