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BRIDGEPORT, CT (June 29, 2012) – Mayor Bill Finch, Police Chief Joseph Gaudett, Fire Chief Brian Rooney and Emergency Management Director Scott Appleby addressed the media today urging city residents and visitors to be safe during the upcoming holiday weekend and throughout the summer.
“There are a lot exciting events happening this weekend, and throughout the summer in Bridgeport. With the additional number of residents and visitors outdoors and near the water, it is important that we all celebrate safely and responsibly,” said Mayor Finch.
"The police department will be out in force this weekend and in the coming week," said Police Chief Gaudett. "We will be conducting DUI checkpoints, asking people not to drink and drive. If you do plan to drink, please be sure have a designated driver."
Fire Chief Brian Rooney reminds the public that while the sale of caps, sparklers and showering fountains are legal in the State of Connecticut, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to buy or use these types of fireworks. “If you [as an adult] hand a sparkler to a child under the age of 16, you are breaking the law.” Chief Rooney added, “all aerial explosives are illegal.”
Mayor Finch encouraged residents to enjoy the Barnum Festival fireworks, which are scheduled for dusk tonight at Seaside Park. “Tonight’s fireworks will be much more impressive and safer than any firework you’d set off on your own.”
The Fire Department continues to install free smoke detectors through its Safe Asleep program. So far, the department has installed nearly 36,000 smoke alarms in residences throughout the city. Call 203-335-8835 for a free smoke detector.
Emergency Management Director, Scott Appleby reminds residents that severe weather season, which includes high temperatures, thunderstorms and hurricanes, is upon us.
“We want to remind the community that if the ‘thunder roars, you need to go indoors.’ If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Find shelter in a safe enclosed structure,” said Appleby. “During these hot summer days, it is important to stay hydrated and find shelter in a cool environment. The City activates cooling stations at the Greater Bridgeport Transit bus station, and at public libraries and senior centers throughout the city.”