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Health & Safety Tips

In this section of the website you can find quick Health and Safety tips from the Health Department, Police Department and Fire Department

 

Health

Health Tips and Information

  • Trash should be placed out for collection eight hours (8) prior to collection inside trash cans with lids at the designated trash line.
  • Grass must not exceeds ten (10) inches in height
  • Snow must be cleared within twenty-four hours (24) after the snow has stopped falling.
  • The rear driveway/alley behind a house is the homeowners responsibility.
  • The homeowner is responsible for the pruning and upkeep of trees in between the curb and sidewalk.
  • All dogs in Upper Darby must be licensed.
  • All dog licenses expire December 31st.
  • Always check the expiration date on your rental license which corresponds with your payment date
  • Landlord/tenant cases may be postponed if the rental license is not current, there are open violations and/or the inspection is past the yearly inspection date.
  • Before 7 AM and after 10PM Upper Darbys noise violations will be enforced. This includes barking dogs, construction work, trash removal, or any other type of "loud” noise that is disturbing to the public.

Safety

Police

Personal Safety

  • While walking, present an alert and confident appearance; be aware of people and your surroundings. Criminals consider you as a target if you appear intimidated or unaware of your surroundings.
  • Walk near the curb facing traffic; and do not pass too close to shrubbery, dark doorways and other places of concealment. Avoid shortcuts and unfamiliar areas with little pedestrian or other traffic present.
  • Grip carried items such as purses firmly, and avoid leaving them unattended or in a shopping cart. Thieves will distract you while a second thief walks off with your belongings.
  • Become familiar with stores and gas stations that stay open late at night that can provide access to safety.
  • Carry some type of personal alarm (whistle or electronic device), and at night carry a flashlight with you as well.
  • Know that wearing earphones connected to portable radios, CD players, and other devices can distract you, and make you less able to sense potential danger, thus making you a potential target for criminals.
  • Before you enter your vehicle look around, have your keys ready, and look inside to ensure it is clear.

Auto Theft Prevention

  • Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is in front of your home. Never leave your keys in the car or ignition, even inside a locked garage.
  • Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business or back inside your home.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out of sight.
  • Install a mechanical device that locks to the steering wheel, column, or brake pedal. These devices can act as a highly visible physical deterrent.
  • Buy a vehicle with interior hood and truck lock releases, and a factory installed alarm system.
  • Check your vehicle if you hear the alarm, but do not try to stop a person breaking in. Call the police.
  • Carry your drivers license, registration, and insurance card with you, and if your vehicle is stolen, promptly report it to the police.

Burglary Prevention

  • Make sure external doors have sturdy well-installed dead-bolt locks and are made of solid wood or metal. Sliding glass doors are easily accessible, so install a lock, place a broomstick, or dowel in the track to jam the door. When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.
  • Clearly display your house number, and give an extra key to a trusted neighbor. Never hide a key outside.
  • Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer in all entry doors, and cut back shrubbery that hides doors and windows.
  • Lock double hung windows with key locks or pins, install bright outside lights, motion detection lighting, and keep them on at night.
  • If you travel, use timers to turn lights off and on in different areas of your home throughout the evening.
  • Consider buying an audible alarm system, the sound will draw attention to your home in an emergency. If your home or apartment is burglarized, promptly report it to police regardless of whether anything is taken or not.

Fire

Fire Safety Tips

  • Never smoke when drowsy or when your in bed.
  • Use sturdy, non-tip ashtrays and check for smoldering butts in furniture - especially after parties. Douse butts and ashes with water before discarding them. Use all space heaters with care. Keep them away from combustibles.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles.
  • Identify your house with large address numbers that the fire department can see easily.
  • Have your chimney and central heating system inspected at least once a year and cleaned if necessary.
  • Keep papers neatly stacked and bundled, or in boxes.
  • Never use or store gasoline inside your home. If necessary keep a small quantity in an approved safety container locked in an outdoor shed.
  • Store paints, thinners, and other flammable liquids in their original containers, well away from heat, sparks, or flame.
  • Store matches and lighters up high, out of reach of children. Use only child-resistant lighters.
  • Make sure there are two clear exits from each room and that everyone knows these escape routes and has practiced using them.
  • Install smoke alarms on each level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance into an electrical outlet. Never override or bypass fuses or circuit breakers. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets. Keep Christmas trees watered, and extinguish all candles before going to bed.