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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Obey fireworks rules
June 14, 2019

Fourth of July festivities are right around the corner. We want to keep our community fire safe.  Prior to July, the Public Safety Department works to ensure property owners mow high weeds.  We set June 14 this year for compliance with our high weed abatement ordinance.  We will continue to get weeds knocked down leading up to July 4.

If you participate in Fourth of July celebrations, use the following safety tips:

Obey local and state laws regarding the sale and use of state approved fireworks. All available officers will be on patrol this year to enforce our $1,000 fine for illegal fireworks.

Use common sense by adhering to all warning labels and directions on fireworks products.

Never let children play with, light, or handle fireworks. 

Do not consume alcoholic beverages while lighting fireworks as it increases your odds of injury or misuse.  

Light fireworks on stable, hard, flat, surfaces that are 25-40 feet from flammable items and spectators.

Never put your head or any part of your body over a firework. Never look into a tube to inspect a firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand. 

Wear eye protection and use long matches when lighting fireworks.

Don’t attempt to re-light a “dud.” If a firework fails to ignite, let stand for at least 5 minutes, then immerse in water. 

Keep a bucket of water, a water hose and/or a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. Always be prepared to respond to a mishap.

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place and not in a pocket.

Move animals inside and away from displays – the noise and lights of fireworks often frighten animals.

Don’t purchase or possess illegal fireworks. They are against the law, unpredictable, and dangerous.

Illegal fireworks are identified as anything that explodes, flies, or launches into the air. Stationary devices are generally considered “safe and sane.” If you choose to purchase safe and sane fireworks, purchase them from local non-profits to be certain they are legal. If you are in possession of illegal fireworks or they are on your property, you will be fined $1,000. It is important to note that safe and sane fireworks may only be used within city limits on July 2-4. 

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety is excited to announce that residents now have a new tool to help combat illegal fireworks. The tool is an App called “Nail ‘em” and will serve as an aid in the city’s zero tolerance approach. The App is a firework-specific reporting tool for anyone with a mobile device. 

Easily report the possession, sale and/or use of illegal fireworks in our community along with photos and GPS location. The App is free of charge as a public service through TNT Fireworks. It is available through the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores for both the iPhone and Android platforms. 

Complaints submitted through the App will automatically be routed to the correct law enforcement and/or fire personnel. You can opt-in to receive notifications and stay informed about the status of your complaint. Will you help keep our community safe by reporting illegal fireworks activity? 

Burton Rec Peace Garden. Two Rotary Clubs, the City of Rohnert Park, and numerous businesses worked together to enhance the appearance and quality of life for residents by transforming an area of dirt and ivy into a beautiful display of drought tolerant plants. 

 Come visit the Peace Garden at the Burton Rec Center to see numerous peace quotes, peace poles and a Hiroshima survivor tree. This project is a wonderful example of our city value of collaboration.