July 4 Safety

Dear All,

Below are two important pieces of information that many of you may be interested in.  The first has to do with the use of fireworks.  This includes the days and hours that the use of fireworks are permissible in Marion County.  There are Safety Tips included as well.

The second piece of information has to do with the heat we are experiencing and steps to protect you and your family’s health.  Be safe during this heat wave.

Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe July 4th Holiday.


Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6

Advisory: Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department urge safety when using fireworks

Indianapolis Fire Department & Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department urge safety when using Fireworks

As the 4th of July draws closer, many residents are making plans to use fireworks during the upcoming holiday period.  The Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department encourage residents to be respectful of their neighbors and use sound judgment as part of their holiday celebrations, with 4th of July celebrations conducted legally, safely and respectfully.  Residents should check their community specified hours as to when fireworks are permissible – and know these can differ from state guidelines.

In Marion County – Fireworks use on and around 4th of July are as follows:
5p.m. until two hours after sunset June 28 through July 3.
10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
5p.m. until two hours after sunset July 5 through July 9.

Fireworks can be purchased only by persons 18 years of age or older.

If you aren’t lighting on your property, make sure you have permission from the person who lives there.

 Safety Tips

•        Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
•        use fireworks outdoors only.
•        Always keep a bucket of water or a working water hose nearby.
•        Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
•        Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
•        Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
•        Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated adult shooter.”
•        Do not use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives — they can kill you!
•        Read and follow all instructions on the label.
•        Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions
•        Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.
•        Obey local laws.

Residents reminded of safety tips and resources as heat continues in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for Indianapolis, indicating that conditions may feel near 100 degrees today with isolated thunderstorms and high winds possible later. These conditions may increase the risk of heat stress and heat illness for anyone, but especially vulnerable populations and those who work outdoors.

Indianapolis public safety agencies remain prepared to serve residents through the holiday week. Fireworks safety tips from IFD and IMPD can be found here. IMPD’s homeless outreach unit continues to actively engage with individuals experiencing homelessness and connect them with shelter if needed.

In light of the expected weather conditions, the Office of Public Health and Safety is encouraging residents to take steps to protect their health and the health of those around them. Residents are urged to:

•                                   Stay hydrated.

•                                   Check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly and those without access to air conditioning.

•                                   Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

•                                   When outside, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and take frequent breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned room.

•                                   Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke and seek medical attention if symptoms occur.

•                                   Look before you lock! Pay special attention when locking up vehicles to ensure no children or pets are left inside. Temperatures inside a car can become lethal in a matter of minutes.

•                                   Bring pets indoors and ensure they have plenty of water to drink.

•                                   Those in need of non-emergency resources or shelter can call Connect2Help by dialing2-1-1.

•                                   Brush up on your severe thunderstorm safety tips by visiting ready.gov.

Public buildings and spray grounds will be open across the city to help residents stay cool. Click the following links for a schedule of Indy Parks facilities, pools including July 4th hours, the nearest free spray ground, and Indy Public Library hours. Please note that all Indy Library facilities will be closed on July 4th, with the exception of the Info Zone – 3000 N Meridian Street. Indy Parks’ July 4th facility schedule will be released later today.

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