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May 22, 2012 > Safety advice around garbage and recycling trucks

Safety advice around garbage and recycling trucks

Waste Management offers road safety tips for preventing injuries around residential service vehicles

Submitted By Joe Camero

Summer and school vacations are approaching. Waste Management of the Cal Bay asks parents to take a minute to speak with their children about safety around garbage and recycling trucks while playing outside.

"Our drivers enjoy meeting and talking to our customers when they're out on their routes but we ask that everyone greet them from a safe distance such as from the porch or the front yard," said Tom Ridder, District Manager of Waste Management Alameda County. "Children can be curious about our trucks and, even though it may seem as if our trucks are stopped, they have a lot of moving parts that could begin moving again at any moment. Safety is a top priority for us and keeping our customers and drivers safe is job number one."

Waste Management provides the following safety tips around vehicles:

Ensure you and your children know when service vehicles are in the area. Garbage trucks, recycling vehicles, postal vehicles and other package delivery services keep regular schedules within each neighborhood.

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 maintain the proper stopping between you and a truck.

Vehicles like Waste Management trucks stop frequently and often reverse. Children should not follow the truck closely on a bike, skateboard or skates.

Every Waste Management truck is equipped with a back-up alarm. Whether walking or driving near one of our trucks, on hearing this sound or seeing the white back-up lights, move out of the way of the truck.

Keep children and pets at a safe distance from the truck. Do not go too near or climb on the truck. Do not play or stand in or around trash bins or cans; you may not know when the truck comes to empty them.

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