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Every year kids and adults go to the emergency room with fireworks
injuries. Your best bet is to enjoy a public fireworks display. If you
do purchase your own fireworks:• Remember that if it flies or explodes, it’s illegal in Minnesota. • Use fireworks in an open area, away from houses and other structures• Use a long lighter meant for a gas grill to light fireworks• Do not try to re-light a dud. Ever.
Take the time to call 811 before you dig or place a sign in the ground. Call 811 first so you don’t have to call 911 later. Or go to the GSOC website at www.gopherstateonecall.org and request underground utilities near the area you’re digging be marked.
Here are the top three things you need to know if you’re enjoying this nice summer weather with a ride on your bike:
1. Wear the gear. Motorcyclists should wear a DOT-approved helmet and brightly-colored protective gear for visibility and protection.
2. Be prepared for inattentive drivers by staying focused on riding and keeping your speed in check.
3. Don’t drink and ride.
Do you live in Hennepin, St. Louis, Crow Wing, Washington or Blue Earth County? They are among 25 counties statewide that will see extra DWI enforcement weekends through July 5. The 25 targeted counties have the highest number of drunk driving deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries during a three-year period.
Are your family members coming over for a Fourth of July celebration? It’s a perfect time to find out who relies on cell phones to make emergency calls.