The City of Westfield, Indiana

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Memorial Day Safety Tips

Memorial Day is this weekend and we’d like to remind everyone to stay safe and buckle up if you are going to travel!  Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent death and serious injury in a crash.  Also, please remember to designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation (such as a taxi or Uber) if you plan to consume alcohol.

For those of you traveling out of town this weekend, here are a few things to help keep your home safe while you are gone:

  • Have a trustworthy friend or family member watch your home while you are away.
  • Double check that all your doors and windows are locked and set your alarm system, if you have one.
  • Set security lights on a timer.  If you have someone coming by, have them turn different lights on and off to make it look like you’re home.
  • Stop your mail and paper for the week so it doesn’t pile up outside or in your mailbox.  Or have someone you trust stop by and take it inside.
  • Have a neighbor or whoever is watching your house put the garbage out on collection day.
  • Park your vehicles in a locked garage, if possible.  Make sure they are locked and do not leave any valuables in the vehicle, especially if the vehicle is parked outside.
  • Don’t share details of your vacation on social media sites.  Turn off location services on your mobile devices, if you use any of the mobile apps.  Wait to share photos until you return.  Pictures taken with a GPS ready camera or phone may have your location embedded in it.  Even if you trust your friends, many times their friends and friends of friends can all see your information also.
  • Be prepared for the worst.  Sometimes, even with all the preparation, a break-in can still happen.  It’s a good idea to have an inventory of all your important items; list all serial numbers and take pictures for insurance purposes.  It never hurts to be prepared.
  • If you are staying home, please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.  If you suspect someone is trying to break into a home, call 911.

For more information on Memorial Day, please visit http://bit.ly/2rzdkRQ.

For a variety of safety tips on topics such as boating and swimming, please go to http://bit.ly/2rTr06v.

 

City of Westfield Fireworks Ordinance Reminder

The ordinance states that the use of fireworks within the City of Westfield is prohibited at all times and locations with the following exceptions:

(1)         Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and two hours after sunset on Memorial Day weekend (Fri.—Mon.), June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8, and July 9; and Labor Day weekend (Fri.—Mon);

(2)         Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4;

(3)         Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. on December 31 and 1:00 a.m. on January 1;

(4)         Any other time and location duly authorized by the city by permit to be obtained prior to the scheduled event;

(5)         Use of fireworks is restricted to property owned or authorized for use by the user;

(6)         Fireworks use is not permitted on city owned property, parks, roads, easements or other publicly owned property without specific approval by the Westfield Fire Chief or his designee;

(7)         Nothing in this section shall prevent the fire chief, or his designee, from preventing the use of fireworks due to weather conditions or any other safety concern.

Violations may be punished with a fine of no more than $500 per incident.  To view the full ordinance, please visit http://bit.ly/28wT8gP

For those outside city limits, Indiana Code (under IC 22-11-14-6) states that fireworks must be used either on the users’ property or on the property of someone who has given permission. The user must be 18 or be using the fireworks under adult supervision and must not use the fireworks after 11:00 PM or before 9:00 AM, except on a holiday. The holiday hours extend the permissible time to 12:00 midnight. Here is a link to the state statute if you want to look at the entire law: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2018/ic/titles/022/#22-11-14-6

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!