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 FIREWORKS SAFETY

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is urging Palm Beach County residents to think about safety as they make plans to celebrate the “Fourth of July.”

Every year thousands of people are killed or critically injured by fireworks, and more than half of those are children.  Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime; “For that reason, fireworks are illegal to use without a permit.”

 

Some of the illegal fireworks prohibited for normal resale are as follows:

      Common Bottle Rockets
Firecrackers (Rolls)                 
Standard Fireworks
M80’s with Mortar   
M80’s
Projectile Fireworks
Launchable Rockets with Stands

(The above listed items are only a few samples commonly purchased by people that are prohibited for sale.)

 

- WARNING -

You should not sign waiversin order to purchase fireworks.  A waiverwill not clear you of responsibility should you be caught using illegal fireworks.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the laws prohibiting the use of illegal fireworks.   Using fireworks illegally is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

 If you are using “legal” sparklers, novelties and trick noisemakers there is still a risk of injury.   When lit, some sparklers can reach temperatures between 1,300 and 1,800 degrees, which is at least 200 degrees hotter than a standard butane lighter. 

Follow these precautions to celebrate safely:

·          Use sparklers and other “legal novelties on a flat, hard surface.  Do not light them on grass.

·          Use sparklers in an open area.  Keep children and pets at least 30 feet away from all ignited fireworks.   Also keep in mind that livestock such as horses, cows, etc. can be frightened by fireworks.

·          Light only one item at a time and never attempt to
re-light a dud.

·          Don’t purchase or use any unwrapped items or items that may have been tampered with.

·          Keep a fire extinguisher or water hose on hand for emergencies.

Remember: “IF IT LAUNCHES OR EXPLODES, IT IS OFF LIMITS.”

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office wishes you a safe “Fourth of July.”

 

 

 

 

 


VETERANS, TURN YOUR LICENSE INTO A DISCOUNT CARD

Our country takes pause to honor our veterans on Memorial Day.   We like to honor the brave men and women who served our country everyday.  Florida is one of a handful of states that offers a special veteran designation for driver license or state identification cards. The blue V turns your license into a discount card making it easy to prove veteran status to businesses offering special discounts.  All you need to bring is your honorable discharge papers. The fee is only $2.00 if there are no information changes to your license.  Visit www.pbctax.com for more information.   

REDESIGNED WEBSITE NOW LIVE AT PBCTAX.COM

Our improved website is live.  New features include:

·          User-friendly design and streamlined navigation

·          Variable text size options

·          Homepage banners with deadlines and service alerts

·          Interactive service center location map

·          Comprehensive online forms

·          Payment center, appointment and wait time access from every page

  All service locations are open Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Or pay online at taxcollectorpbc.com.

SENIOR DISCOUNT ON AUTO INSURANCE
If you are 55 or older and complete a 6-hour safety course, you qualify for a state-mandated discount on your auto insurance of 5 to 10 percent. AAA, AARP and the Safety Council offer online and instructional classes for a small fee. Contact any of these agencies for information.

STOP TEXTING & DRIVING
We issued over 165,000 REAL ID driver licenses in 2012. However, having a driver license doesn’t make someone a safe driver. Mobile phones and the desire to always be “connected” has increased driver distractions. And these distracted drivers are a serious hazard on our roads. Palm Beach County reports 24 more fatal wrecks in 2012 over 2011 according to the Florida Higway Patrol. Texting while driving has been shown to increase crash risks by 23 times. Other statistical sources show texting as the cause for 43 percent of fatal wrecks in Florida. A recent Pew Research Center survey reveals one in four adults admit to texting and driving, the same percentage as teenagers.

Did you know that:
Five seconds is the minimal amount of time a person’s attention is diverted while texting and driving. At 55 mph, that equals driving the length of a football field blindfolded. (NHTSA, 2012) · Florida is one of only five states without some sort of ban on texting while driving.
Clearly the problem of distracted driving is on the rise. That will not change until Florida legislators pass laws making it illegal to text while driving. However, it’s also important for drivers to take personal responsibility and not text while operating a vehicle. Our lives depend on it.

PAY YOUR PROPERTY TAXES QUARTERLY
We offer an optional Installment Payment Plan. The Plan breaks up property taxes into four payments. The plan includes a discount of slightly under 4-percent.
Enrollment is easy. Complete an application and submit it by April 30. Applications are available at any service location or online at taxcollectorpbc.com. Already enrolled? Renewal is automatic. No need to re-apply.

Anne M. Gannon

 

Please Do Not Leave Items In Your Vehicle

If you see anyone suspicious, please call 911 immediately

Crime Trends

Safety Do's & Don'ts

From Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

ALWAYS check your monthly statements and bills as soon as you receive them. The sooner you catch a discrepancy the quicker Law Enforcement can move to correct, stop and montior the activity

NEVER give out your personal information over the phone. If you have an answering machine or caller ID, screen your calls before answering .

NEVER accept or hire anyone for any type of work that is being solicited from someone going door to door. Report this activity to the authorities.

USE: the Buddy System when running daily errands; take a friend or two; have lunch and enjoy the day together...Safely!

Be Sure to have an "Emergency Contact" person stored in your cell phone. Have this information written down in your wallet or purse. Please list this emergency contact's name, address and relationship to you.

 

 

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