Fire and Police Departments Remind Residents: Recreational Fires Need Permits, and Please Be Safe Around Fireworks

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As the holiday week approaches and people plan their cook outs and bonfires, the Columbia Heights Fire Department would like to remind residents that recreational fires within the City limits require a permit.

Permits can be obtained in person at the Fire Department by an adult 18 years and older, seven days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm. Up to nine free daily permits can be obtained, or an annual permit may be purchased for a small fee. 

Firework Safety
The Fire and Police departments would also like to remind residents of firework safety with these safety tips: 

• Remember that if fireworks fly or explode, they’re illegal here in Minnesota. You can find a list of legal fireworks on the MN Department of Public Safety website here
 
• Use fireworks in an open area, away from houses and other structures

• Don’t let children run through the area

• Do not try to re-light a dud. Ever.

• Have a bucket of water for all the debris. Drop spent fireworks – even sparklers – into the bucket and not the grass.

Be safe and have fun this Fourth of July!