Summer break is here, which means more children are outside playing in their neighborhood. Since June is National Safety Month, we want to encourage summer safety around waste and recycling collection trucks. Children are naturally fascinated by waste and recycling trucks, and how they work, but it is important to keep a safe distance and use common sense around trucks—not just during the summer but also year-round.
We care about the neighborhoods we serve, and ensuring the safety of residents is our top priority. Here are some Summer Safety Tips that our drivers created to encourage safe habits around residential collection vehicles.
Summer Safety Tips
- Learn the schedule of when service vehicles are in the area. Waste and recycling trucks, postal vehicles and other package delivery services keep regular schedules within each neighborhood.
- Keep a safe distance from the truck – at least 15 feet. Never climb on the truck. Do not play or stand in or around waste and recycling bins or cans, since you may not know when the truck is coming to empty them.
- Do not attempt or allow children to help with loading any materials into the truck. In addition to moving truck parts, debris can come out of the truck when its contents are being compressed.
- Vehicles like Waste Management trucks make frequent stops and often back-up, so don’t follow the truck closely while walking, running, biking or skating. Stay alert and listen for the back-up alarm with “beep-beep-beep” sounds.
- There are several areas where the visibility is restricted for the driver. If you can’t see him/her in the eyes, they most likely can’t see you.
- It takes service vehicles about twice as long to stop as a passenger car, so never cut in front of or stop suddenly in front of one. Always keep a safe distance from a truck.
- Every Waste Management truck is equipped with a back-up alarm. Whether you are walking or driving near one of our trucks, if you hear this sound or see the white back-up lights, be sure to move out of the way of the truck.