PUBLIC SAFETY CAMP Get ready for bike rodeos, water rescues, CPR training and maybe even a trip to the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training facility. Youngsters ages 9 to 12 are invited to attend this year’s public safety camp, sponsored by the Mt. Lebanon police, fire and recreation departments and Medical Rescue Team South Authority. The camp is slated for August 8 to 12 and limited to 36 participants. Visit www.mtlebanon.org for more information and to register.
HOUSE NUMBERS Can you clearly read your house number from the street? If you answered yes, good job. If you answered no, it’s time for an update. The number should be in a font that’s easy to read and large enough that it can be seen from the road. In the event of an emergency, it’s imperative that first responders be able to see your address so they can get to you quickly. Remember: They can’t help you if they can’t find you!
CLASSIC CARS The Mt. Lebanon Police Association Classic Car Show starts at 9 a.m., Sunday, July 10, on Washington Road. The event features cars, food, vendors and live music. The rain-or-shine event benefits police youth programs and is sponsored by the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, Mt. Lebanon Police Association, The Dormont-Mt. Lebanon-Castle Shannon Rotary, the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department and Pontiac Oakland Club of Western PA.
VACATION CHECKS Headed to the beach for a summer vacay? The Mt. Lebanon Police Department will check on your home while you’re away. Pick up a request form at the Public Safety Building, 555 Washington Road or call 412-343-4143 with any questions.
LOOK UP LEBO Summer storms are headed our way, which means it’s important that you stay off your phones while driving and pay extra attention to where you’re headed. Downed wires or flood waters can be dangerous. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings.
ROCK THE BLOCK Enjoy an afternoon filled with music and food, while climbing aboard one of Mt. Lebanon’s fire trucks or checking out the lights on a police car. Mt. Lebanon’s public safety departments are hosting a series of block parties this summer, which they’re calling Rock the Block with Public Safety. Meet members of the police, fire and EMS departments in a fun, casual setting. Block parties will run from 3 to 7 p.m. The first one is planned at Howe Elementary School on June 4.
Future dates include July 10 at Washington Elementary School, following the police department’s classic car show; August 13 at Lincoln Elementary School and September 10 at Hoover Elementary School.
SUMMER SAFETY BRIEFING
ON TWO WHEELS Headed on a summer bike ride? Be sure to wear bright and reflective clothing. Signal at all turns and don’t assume anyone else can see you. Wear appropriate safety equipment, including a helmet, and don’t stop in the blind spot of adjacent cars at a red light. Don’t make sudden movements and follow all traffic laws.
IN THE POOL Ready to make a splash this summer? If you have a pool in your yard, make sure there’s a fence around it and that the area is secure. Don’t leave young children unattended in the pool and always put safety first.
AT THE GRILL It’s time for a cookout! But first, make sure all the last-season grease is cleaned off. If you have a gas grill, check for leaks from the propane tank. The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department recommends an easy way to check: Mix water and dish soap together and put it around the connection and turn on the grill. If there are bubbles, there’s a leak.
LIGHT THE FUSE Independence Day is still a month away, but if you’re planning on celebrating early, don’t forget to use caution. Legally, you’re prohibited from shooting off fireworks any closer than 150 feet from a structure. But, play it safe. Stick to sparklers on the ground, preferably in your backyard. You need permission to ignite fireworks on public or private property, which means ballparks and other public areas are off limits. Penalties can involve fines up to $100.
IT’S HOT OUT THERE As the weather heats up, Medical Rescue Team South Authority wants to remind people with pre-existing medical conditions to take care. According to the CDC, adults over 65, children under 4, people with existing medical problems such as heart disease and people without access to air conditioning can be at risk during extreme heat.
STAY COOL Find an air-conditioned shelter, avoid direct sunlight and wear lightweight, light colored clothing. Stay hydrated. Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids. Stay informed. Pay attention to the current temperature and extreme heat alerts and know the symptoms for heat related illnesses.