Keeping Children Safe Around Refuse Trucks

This is an appeal to parents and guardians to please keep especially young children safe when there are refuse trucks in the vicinity.

Refuse trucks are hard to miss because they are massive, noisy and they usually carry with them the smell of refuse. However, children don’t typically worry too much about the dangers refuse trucks may have and the drivers of these huge trucks can easily miss small children. It is important for anyone to be careful around refuse trucks that pass through their streets, especially parents or guardians of young children who play outside.

Garbage Truck Precautions

Fortunately, there are ways to keep children safe around refuse trucks without much difficulty. The most prominent dangers with refuse trucks and children are, of course, the size of the truck and the many blind spots. Because the truck is so large, and the back of the truck is wide enough to hold all this refuse, it is basically impossible for refuse truck drivers to see someone behind them or not in direct view of their side mirrors. Fortunately, drivers and refuse truck manufacturers are aware of the potential dangers. That’s why you’ll hear a loud beeping sound when a refuse truck is about to back up and why they are driven so slowly.

You should also be aware of your refuse disposal schedule and can watch out during these times for any danger. For instance, if collection day is on Wednesday, and you know the truck usually comes by in the morning, you can tell your children to play inside or on the lawn close to the house that morning.

Teaching Your Children Refuse Truck Safety

You can also protect your children by teaching them how to be safe when they see a refuse truck. It is usually not a good idea to play in the street but emphasize to them never to play or stand behind a refuse truck, even when it seems to be parked. Never run up to a refuse truck to say hello to the driver, and keep a reasonable distance from the truck, at least 5 meters. Refuse trucks take longer than cars to stop because of their massive size. Finally, make sure your child knows how important it is to NEVER climb onto a refuse truck, even when it stops. Not only could this be dangerous if the truck starts to move, but also the hazardous materials in the back of the refuse truck could be harmful to your kids.

Refuse Bin/Wheelie Bin Safety

To a child, refuse bins/wheelie bins can be handy play resources. It’s big enough to hide in during hide and seek, or it can be a high place to stand on or a castle wall. However, you should caution children against playing with rubbish/wheelie bins, and not just on collection day when a refuse truck could pick it up. Hazardous materials and sharp, jagged particles in your bin can be very dangerous for children, and possibly more dangerous than refuse trucks, because your rubbish/wheelie bins are there every day.

The Municipality encourages the public to be mindful of the dangers around Refuse Trucks, to avoid possible accidents from taking place. Parents should also educate their children to be aware of the possible dangers associated with Refuse Trucks.”

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