Safety Tips

Safety First

Fireworks

The use of most fireworks is illegal in Pennsylvania. Cherry bombs, bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles, and other similar devices are illegal and very dangerous.

Vacation

When you go on vacation, it's important to leave your house appearing as if someone is still at home. Lights and radios on timers can achieve this. Have the lights connected to several different timers to go on and off as they would when you are normally at home.

Leave a key with a trusted neighbor or relative and ask them to check on your home frequently. Ask them to mow the lawn or shovel snow, if necessary, and to retrieve your mail and newspapers if you haven't stopped service. An answering machine will help to deter a potential burglar, whereas a phone that keeps ringing might alert them that no one is at home.

Display Your House Number

The Town of McCandless has a municipal ordinance that requires street numbers to be prominently displayed on buildings and houses within the Town to ensure emergency services can locate you.

Personal Safety

Self-protection means knowing how to avoid being the victim of an attack or robbery by keeping alert for the unexpected and not taking unnecessary chances. It also means knowing what to do if you are a victim and acting with common sense and cooperating with authorities. The police department suggests that you always consider protecting yourself from crime at home, while walking, driving a car, and when shopping.

Babysitting Safety

If you are a minor and a babysitter, your parents should regulate the distance from home you are allowed to babysit. Your parents should also know the family for whom you wish to sit. The maximum number of children you're permitted to sit, as well as how late you're permitted to sit, should be established. Make sure to have on hand the emergency numbers for police, fire, and ambulance services, as well as the Poison Control Center. Note the telephone number and address of where the child's parents will be, and know if a child has any medical problems, such as food allergies or asthma.

Your parents should be the only people who know you are babysitting. Letting your friends know that you're babysitting could alert a dangerous person that you'll be alone with children.