Public Safety

Children and parents walking to Lincoln school.
Kids are returning to Lincoln Elementary School (above) and all the other schools in the district. Whether you’re on foot or behind the wheel, take some extra care this time of year. /Photo: George Mendel

BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY We know that it’s been a while since the kiddos have had an entire year of school, well, in school. Mt. Lebanon police want to remind drivers to be mindful of students walking and pay attention to crosswalks. If you’re in a school zone, slow down. Remember: There will be kids crossing the street in the morning, at lunchtime and in the afternoon. So, pay attention. Or, if you’re walking your child to school, be mindful of passing vehicles.


DON’T CASH IT Mt. Lebanon police have received numerous reports of identity theft related to unemployment checks. If you receive a check or notice regarding unemployment when you didn’t file for it, contact the police. If you receive any notice of winnings and you never entered a contest, call the police. Also remember: Never give out personal information over the phone.


SCHEDULE EARLY With the public safety center now reopened to the public, building tours have resumed. For tours or other community outreach programs, email Cpl. Jeff Kite at Plan ahead and call early to get things lined up.


FIRE PIT SEASON If you’re planning on roasting marshmallows or just hanging out by the fire, remember these important rules: The fuel area of a campfire must be three feet or less in diameter. Rubbish or yard waste may not be used to fuel the flame. The fire must be at least 25 feet away from structures or combustible materials. Oh, and you must constantly be attending to the fire and keep some means of extinguishing it close by.

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CITIZENS FIRE ACADEMY Learn what it’s like to be a Mt. Lebanon firefighter. Residents and business owners are invited to participate in training that will take you through simulations, demonstrations and real-world firefighting scenarios. The academy runs from September 15 to November 12, with most classes occurring on Wednesdays. Applications are due by September 10. For more details and an application, visit


GO BEHIND THE SCENES Residents enrolled in the Mt. Lebanon Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy will receive a behind the scenes look at crime scene processing, firearms training and even partake in real-life scenarios to get an inside look at what it’s like to be an officer.

The 10-week program will run from September 14 to November 16. Follow along for weekly updates on the police department’s Facebook page and for a weekly rundown of the classes on our website.


Look Up Lebo When you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle, leaders at Medical Rescue Team South Authority want to remind you to put your phone down and avoid distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10 percent of fatal and 18 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by distracted driving. Taking your eyes off the road for even just two seconds increases your chance of an accident by 50 percent. Keep your mind focused on the road and remember, it can wait!