Public Safety

Fireworks

The celebration of our Nation's independence is a time for picnics, celebration and outside activities for all Americans. Unfortunately, for some persons fireworks will injure, initiate fires and cause other problems for fire and law enforcement agencies. To ensure a safe, happy 4th of July celebration, let's review Fridley and State of Minnesota rules and laws governing the use, possession and discharge of fireworks.

The sale, possession and use of certain non-explosive and non-aerial fireworks is now permitted in Minnesota. Examples of legal fireworks include items such as sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, and novelty items like snakes and party poppers. Illegal fireworks consist simply of any firework device that flies or is aerial and/or any device that is explosive. Examples of these illegal fireworks include firecrackers of any size, sky rockets, bottle rockets, missile type rockets, Roman candles, mortars and shells. A more detailed list of legal and illegal fireworks is available at this link to the State of Minnesota Fire Marshal's Division website:

www.fire.state.mn.us/FireworksInfo.html

There are some important laws relating to the use of consumer (legal) fireworks. They are:

· Consumer fireworks may not be used or discharged on any public property. This includes parks, roads or streets, alleys, school property, government property, etc.)

· Consumer fireworks purchasers must be at least 18 years of age. Retail clerks are required to check photo identification of persons purchasing consumer fireworks BEFORE selling these products.

· Retail clerks may not sell consumer fireworks if, in their opinion, the purchaser appears to be under the influence of alcohol or seriously impaired.

When using consumer fireworks, do not assume that they are safe items. Many Minnesota fires have been started and persons burned and permanently injured when discharging consumer fireworks - especially children. Observance of safety rules when using consumer fireworks are extremely important. Here are some guidelines to follow when discharging consumer fireworks:

· Consumer fireworks should only be used when closely supervised by a competent, unimpaired adult. This is especially important when children use these devices. Hand-held sparklers, fountains and sparkling devices CAN and HAVE ignited clothing of persons of all ages causing serious, painful burns which may be life threatening. Poppers and impact caps can cause serious eye damage from flying debris when they are discharged.

· Children should not ignite any consumer firework device with a match, lighter or punk. This should be the responsibility of the competent, unimpaired adult.

· Do not discharge fireworks inside or close to buildings or other materials, which may quickly ignite including flammable or combustible liquids or gases or stored or used (gasoline, camping fuel, diesel fuel, propane, etc).

· Do not use consumer fireworks around ordinary combustible materials including paper, cloth, wood, plastic, cardboard and similar materials.

· Always have a fire extinguisher, water buckets or garden hose - turned on and ready for use - when discharging consumer fireworks. When your use of these devices is completed, remember to soak the device remains before placing them in garbage containers.

· If devices do not ignite and burn properly, do not handle the devices or attempt to relight the device. Preferably, soak the device in a bucket of water to be sure that it is extinguished or leave it alone until you are reasonably certain that the device is out before disposing of the device.

The Fridley Fire Department through the Fire Marshal's Office, in conjunction with the Fridley Police Department, will be enforcing State of Minnesota Statutes relative to use, possession and discharge of consumer fireworks as well as the possession and use of illegal fireworks this 4th of July.

The Fire and Police Departments wish you a safe, happy July 4th! Please use consumer fireworks in a lawful, safe manner. Have a great holiday!

Emergency Preparedness

Are YOU ready? Would you know what to do in an emergency?

'EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS' website information:

Ready.gov - information from Homeland Security on how to prepare for an emergency.

CodeReady.org - a Minnesota initiative created to help Minnesotans be informed, organized and connected about emergency preparedness.

Click here  for information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Click here  for information about the Anoka County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 Please click on a link below for helpful information on how to stay safe during extreme cold:

English: http://www.echominnesota.org/library/winter-preparedness-and-extreme-cold-safety

Spanish:  http://www.echominnesota.org/es/library/winter-preparedness-and-extreme-cold-safety

Hmong:  http://www.echominnesota.org/hmn/library/winter-preparedness-and-extreme-cold-safety

Somali:  http://www.echominnesota.org/so/library/winter-preparedness-and-extreme-cold-safety

Vietnanese:  http://www.echominnesota.org/vi/library/winter-preparedness-and-extreme-cold-safety

Lao:  http://www.echominnesota.org/lo/library/winter-preparedness-and-extreme-cold-safety

Khmer:  http://www.echominnesota.org/km/library/winter-preparedness-and-extreme-cold-safety

 

Motorized Scooters

A law passed in the 2005 legislative session (Laws 2005, chapter 135) generally gives to motorized foot scooters the same rights and responsibilities as bicycles on streets and highways.

View more information about motorized scooters.

Level 3 Predatory Offender Notification Meeting

On April 3, Fridley Police learned that Level 3 Predatory Offender Irvin Lee Bordeaux will not be living in Fridley.  Bordeaux, who had originally registered to live in the City of Fridley upon his release from custody April 6, has registered as "homeless" in Minneapolis. He will be required to report weekly to Minneapolis Police.

View the Predatory Offender Fact Sheet

This notification is meant to provide information and alleviate fear, not create it. The most important factor to consider is that people who commit predatory crimes have always lived in our communities. The difference is that since the 1990's, Minnesota statutes allow local police departments to inform citizens of certain offender's general whereabouts.

There are approximately 55 registered predatory offenders living in the City of Fridley. The Fridley Police Department regularly conducts compliance checks on these offenders. This enforcement ensures that offenders living within our borders are in compliance. Investigations are conducted on those offenders found to be non-compliant as defined by Minnesota statute, with criminal prosecution pursued through the Anoka County Attorney's office.

The predatory offender is required by law to register with local authorities and to keep authorities apprised of any subsequent changes in residence.

Crime Prevention for Homes

Each year in the U.S, there are more than five million home burglaries. Nine out of ten of these crimes are preventable. The risk of being burglarized can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to would-be burglars. Remember the greatest weapons in the fight to prevent burglaries are light, time and noise. Click here for Burglary Prevention tips.

Forfeited Vehicle Sale

In Spring 2009, the Fridley Police Department contracted with The State of Minnesota Surplus Services to dispose of vehicles that have been forfeited to the Police Department.

Minnesota Surplus Services holds on-line auctions continuously as vehicles are received from the City. For more information or to view vehicles for sale, please visit Minnesota Surplus Services.

If you have any questions please contact the Fridley Police Detective Lieutenant.

School Resource Officer

Recognizing the importance of maintaining a good working relationship with its citizens, as well as educating its youth, the Fridley Police Department developed a School Resource Officer Program, a nationally accepted plan to place a law enforcement officer within schools. 

Read more: School Resource Officer

Carbon Monoxide Safety & Prevention

Carbon monoxide, also known as "CO", is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. The incomplete burning of solid, liquid and gaseous fuel produces it. Any fuel burning appliance in your home is a potential source of CO.

Symptoms of CO:

Headache
Fatigue
Shortness of Breath
Nausea
Dizziness
Symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu but without the fever.

CO Prevention

Make sure appliances are installed according to manufacturer's instructions and local building codes. Most appliances should be installed by professionals. Have the heating system, chimneys and vents inspected and serviced annually. The inspector should also check chimneys and flues for blockages, corrosion, partial and complete disconnections, and loose connections.
Install a CO detector/alarm that meets the requirements of the current UL Standard 2034 or the requirements of the IAS6-96 Standard. Look for a hard-wired or plug-in model with digital readout and a battery backup. The CO detector/alarm should be installed in the hallway near every separate sleeping area of the home. Make sure furniture or draperies do not cover up the detector.

Home Fire Escape Plans

In dwellings, getting out quickly can mean the difference between life and death
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, and advance planning-a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.

Read more: Home Fire Escape Plans

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  • Police Department

    Director of Public Safety: Donovan W. Abbott

    Fridley squad car763-572-3629

    The Police Department is located in the lower level of the Fridley Municipal Center at 6431 University Avenue NE in Fridley, Minnesota. Redesigned in 1989, the facility has offices, holding cells, a firing range, heated garages for squads and equipment, locker rooms and an emergency operations center.

    The department provides around the clock police service with 40 sworn peace officers and 15 full- or part-time civilian staff. A Public Safety Director and two Captains, each in charge of a Division, administer the department. The Field Operations division consists of the uniformed patrol officers and non-sworn community service officers. The Technical Services division includes Information Services, Special Projects and Investigation.

     

    Mission Statement

    Our mission is to promote a safe and desirable city by partnering with the community to preserve life, protect property, and defend rights. We will strive to enhance public trust through quality leadership, education and respect for all. We will enforce laws with impartiality, and we will provide all service with integrity and the highest degree of professional behavior.
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