Prevent Safety Flare Ups During July 4th Weekend
As the July 4th weekend approaches, it will take residents collective effort to stem the surge of COVID-19 cases and reduce threats to safety posed by holiday traditions. The City of Durham, Durham Police and Durham Fire departments encourage residents to observe the holiday by proactively taking precautions to be safe and healthy.
Practice Social Distancing and Mask Up
Residents are reminded to practice social distancing and to adhere to group gathering guidelines in Durham County. No more than 10 people can get together at once, indoors or outdoors.
In addition, the City’s Safer-at-Home Order requires the wearing of masks or face coverings in public spaces to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay six feet from others if small gatherings are held, and when in public spaces. Remember to wash hands frequently.
Do Not Participate in Celebratory Gunfire
Firing a gun upwards toward the sky is dangerous and illegal - even to commemorate a holiday or event. Celebratory bullets are not harmless, as they will eventually come down. When they do they pose a deadly threat to people and pets. Bullets shot in the air can also cause major damage to cars, homes, etc. In Durham, anyone caught firing a gun into the air could be charged with a CLASS 3 misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $500.
Follow Motor Vehicle Laws
Do NOT drink and drive. If you do drink, use a designated driver, call a cab, use a rideshare option, phone a friend, or walk. Always watch out for pedestrians and observe the speed limit.
Know How Fireworks Work
If you purchase consumer fireworks for personal entertainment, be sure that the fireworks are legal. Without exception, always read fireworks instructions carefully.
Fireworks that explode are illegal in North Carolina.
According to a Durham noise ordinance, from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m., the sound level should not be louder than 50 decibels. Experts say that compares to a quiet conversation at home.
The sound of fireworks often frightens pets. Don’t leave pets leashed, fenced, or chained up outside during fireworks displays. They may become disoriented, escape, and get lost.
In Case of Emergency Call 911
Residents are reminded to always call 911 in these instances:
- Fire emergency
- Immediate or potential threat to life or property
- Medical emergency
- Other actual or perceived emergency
- Suspicious persons, vehicles or activity
- Any type of fight or disturbance
- Vehicle accident
- A child or pet is locked in a vehicle
For non-life threatening situations, residents should use Durham’s non-emergency number, (919) 560-4600, which frees up 911 lines for true emergencies. Examples include:
- Barking dogs
- Loud music
- Burglaries that occurred hours or days earlier (not in progress)
- Vandalism to public or private property
For more safety information, visit the social media pages of the Durham Police Department, Durham Fire Department ,and the Durham County Health Department for more information.