Fireworks Safety

#FireworksHurtIf you are planning to light fireworks at a Fourth of July celebration this year, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission offers these tips:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse
  • Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire

Some fireworks are prohibited in Minnesota. Minnesota Statute 624.20 defines fireworks that are illegal and those that are legal. Minnesota Statute 624.21 states that it is “unlawful for any person to offer sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or wholesale, possess, advertise, use or explode any fireworks.” Violation of this statute is a misdemeanor.

If you have any questions regarding fireworks contact the EPPD at 952-949-6200. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Congrats to our K9 teams

Officers Nate Eichman, Scott Mittelstadt, Jenny Ficcadenti and Travis Brown with K-9s Riggs and Jace

Earlier this week the Region 18 United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Trials took place in Hermantown, Minnesota and the EPPD’s two K-9 teams were there. The Trials kicked off Sunday night with a public demonstration and on Monday and Tuesday teams were tested in Recall, Apprehension, Article Search, Handler Protection and Agility.

Dogs that achieved an overall score of 70% or better on the tests were certified as police canines by the USPCA, including the EPPD’s two K-9s, Jace and Riggs. Congratulations to their handlers Officers Jenny Ficcadenti and Scott Mittelstadt, and thank you to the two decoys (officers who play “bad guys” during the tests), Officers Nate Eichman and Travis Brown.

Safety Camp – Day 2

Bike safety and puddles

A little rain and some clouds couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the Safety Camp campers and counselors at Riley Lake Park on the second day of Safety Camp!

Today the kids brought their bikes and practiced bike safety while dodging puddles in the park. They also visited the Fire Department’s escape house, participated in an agility race, and learned about sea tbelt safety and positive nutrition choices. In addition, campers had a chance to meet EPPD K-9 Jace, and his partner Officer Jenny Ficcadenti, who talked to the campers about animal safety.

Tonight the campers and their parents will attend a graduation ceremony where they will watch a video of their camp adventures and take photos with their favorite counselors.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 28th annual Safety Camp a huge success!

Carrying a fire hose during the agility race

Animal safety education with Officer Ficcadenti and K-9 Jace

Safety Camp, Day 1

Police Chief Jim DeMann, Smokey, Sparky, Fire Chief George Esbensen and McGruff at the Opening Cermony

Today 152 soon-to-be 3rd-graders and their counselors took over Riley Lake Park for this year’s annual Safety Camp.

The counselors, who are members of Eden Prairie’s Police, Fire and Parks and Recreation departments, helped their campers rotate through various safety activities including bullying prevention with CLIMB Theatre, street maintenance safety, Xcel Energy power safety and personal safety.

Tomorrow will be another full day of Safety Camp fun!

The purple team learns about bullying prevention from CLIMB Theatre

The red and blue teams get safety tips from Xcel Energy

 

 

Share the Road

Share the RoadSummer is here which means more people will be walking and biking around Eden Prairie. Unfortunately, each year in Minnesota approximately 35 pedestrians and seven bicyclists are killed as a result of collisions with motor vehicles, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety which reviewed data from 2011-2015.

The EPPD believes that safety on our streets is a shared responsibility between bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers. All groups must obey traffic laws, use good judgment and be alert. All groups should operate distraction-free and expect the unexpected in order to stay safe.

Here is a refresher on Minnesota laws regarding sharing the road.

Bikes

Give Them 3

  • Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted.
  • Bicyclists should ride on the road and must ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Motorists must at all times maintain a 3-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist.
  • Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals, just like motorists.
  • Bicyclists and motorists must yield the right of way to each other.
  • Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable manner.
  • Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it’s dark. To increase visibility, add a rear flashing light.
  • Bicyclists should always wear helmets.

Pedestrians

  • Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stoplights.
  • Pedestrians must obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.
  • Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.
  • Pedestrians must not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian must abide by before entering the crosswalk; use common sense.
  • When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear must not pass the stopped vehicle.
  • Failure to obey the law is a misdemeanor. A second violation within one year is a gross misdemeanor.