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
(The above listed items are only a few samples commonly purchased by people that are prohibited for sale.)
- WARNING -
You should not sign “waivers” in order to purchase fireworks. A “waiver” will 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.
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
· 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.”
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.
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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.