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Posted on: July 1, 2021

4th of July - Holiday Safety Tips

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The 4th of July festivities are upon us and everyone is waiting for this weekend to relax, gather with friends, eat some hot dogs and enjoy the events that our community and surrounding areas have planned for us.

However, it is important to remember that this is also a time when people become distracted and vulnerable to accidents. The Clear Lake Shores Police Department wants to make sure that our residents stay safe during this holiday weekend.  Here is a list of important safety tips for you and your family.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Everyone is out and about during the 4th of July weekend. Kids will be riding their bikes or playing outside and it is important to be extra careful when you are driving a motor vehicle. 

For drivers:

  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too. 
  • Remember: Golf carts may be operated only by persons with a valid driver’s license.

For pedestrians:

  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
  • To learn more about pedestrian safety, please visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety.

FIREWORKS SAFETY

We would like to remind residents that fireworks are illegal in the City of Clear Lake Shores. 

Per City Ordinance: It is unlawful for any person to store, to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or use or explode any fireworks within the City of Clear Lake Shores. Any person violating this article shall upon conviction be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00 per each day of violation.

  • To read the Clear Lake Shores Code of Ordinances regarding fireworks and fire prevention, please visit www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/fireworks.
  • To learn more about fireworks safety, please visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/ 
  • Please help us prevent fire, injuries, and burns as we celebrate safely.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks show over Galveston Bay at 9:30 p.m! 

GRILLING SAFETY

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors — not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, stays away from the grill, including children and pets.
  • Keep the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire. 

WATER SAFETY

If you choose to take your family to the water, make sure the area is designated for swimming and has lifeguards on duty.

Jarboe Bayou Pool Rules Reminder

Outside of Normal Pool Operating Hours and whenever lifeguards are not present, the pool may only be used subject to the following conditions: 

  • Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
  • All swimmers ages 13 to 17 must be accompanied by another person who is at least 18 years of age and can swim. 
  • No person, regardless of age, may swim alone or unsupervised. Persons over the age of 18 may swim, but only if one other person over the age of 18, who can swim, is present inside the swim area.
  • Excessive drinking of alcohol and/or public intoxication will not be permitted and will result in eviction from the pool grounds and possible suspension or revocation of seasonal membership.
  • To learn more please visit www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/clspool.

And remember, to avoid alcohol related accidents, the Clear Lake Shores Police Department will be out in full force making sure that our drivers stay sober and safe. If you need immediate assistance during the weekend, you can always contact the CLS Police Department 24-hour dispatch number at (281) 538-0659.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

 


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