Adopt-a-Street Leaders coordinate the efforts of volunteers. Remind volunteers to use good judgment and safe practices during clean up efforts. Review these safety guidelines with all volunteers.
- Ensure there is a responsible adult to supervise minors.
- Discuss the route to be cleaned up. Note areas of concern or danger, for example high traffic areas.
- Review safety instructions:
- Watch for vehicles where you are cleaning. Drivers may not expect to see volunteers.
- Obey traffic signals. Cross streets at intersections and through marked crosswalks if these are available.
- Do not handle hazardous items such as objects that contain harmful and/or corrosive chemicals (i.e. car batteries), or objects that my carry harmful bacteria or disease (i.e. dead animals, syringes, condoms). For disposal of these items please contact the Adopt-a-Street Coordinator who will make arrangements to dispose of the hazardous items.
- Use extreme caution when handling dangerous litter such as objects that may cut or injure (i.e. broken glass, razor blades). These items should only be handled with litter tongs or swept with a broom and picked up with a dustpan. Minors should not pick up dangerous litter.
- Wear safety vests and gloves during clean-up efforts. The Adopt-a-Street Coordinator will supply safety vests and gloves.
- Never reach blindly to pick up an item. Always use a tool such as a rake to identity the item before picking it up.
- Pair up in teams. Working in pairs is generally safer than working alone. Doing so allows volunteers to look out for each other.
- If possible have a cellular phone available or know where accessible phones are along the clean up route in case of any emergency.
- Please practice safety first.
Your contact at the Corporation of Delta is the Adopt-a-Street Coordinator at 604-946-3260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.