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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – What You Need to Know

As winter slowly settles in and more people turn on their heating systems to combat the cold, it is vital to keep an eye out for carbon monoxide buildup.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

            Carbon Monoxide, or ‘CO’, is often referred to as the “Invisible Killer” because it is a poisonous, clear, colorless and odorless gas that is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned.

If left to build up in your homes or vehicles, Carbon Monoxide can lead to serious illness-and possibly death-to any person or animal who breathes it in.

Where Is It Found?

            Carbon Monoxide is found in the fumes from anything you use to burn fuel. It can most commonly be found in the fumes from:

Cars Trucks Small Engines
Grills Stoves Fireplaces
Lanterns Furnaces Gas Ranges  

Symptoms

According to the CDC, symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning appear to be “flu-like” and include the following:

Headache Weakness Dizziness
Upset Stomach Vomiting Chest Pain
  Confusion  

Who’s at risk?

Everyone is at a potential risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. However, those most likely to be affected by CO poisoning are infants and the elderly. Those with chronic health problems such as heart disease, anemia, or breathing problems-like asthma or COPD-also run a higher risk of being affected.

Prevention

            The CDC recommends that the best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from happening to you is to install a Carbon Monoxide detector in your homes. Make sure to check/replace the batteries twice a year (it is recommended that the best time to do this is in the spring and fall when you change the time on your clocks), as well as replacing the detector itself every five (5) years or so.

In order to prevent Carbon Monoxide buildup, the CDC also recommends doing the following:

  • Have your water heater, heating system, or any other fuel (gas, oil, or coal) burning appliances serviced every year by a qualified technician.
  • Have chimneys checked/cleaned every year. Your chimney could be blocked by debris, which can cause a CO buildup in your living space.
  • DO NOT use a gas range or oven to heat your living space.
  • DO NOT burn charcoal indoors. CO can be found in any type of burning charcoal.
  • Check to make sure your gas appliances are being properly ventilated.

It is also recommended that, in order to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning from your car/truck, you should:

  • Have a qualified mechanic check your car/trucks exhaust system every year.
  • Never run your car/truck inside a garage that is attached to your home, even if the garage door is open.
  • If you have a detached garage, make sure to open the garage door when you run your car/truck to let in fresh air.

For a complete list of ways to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning or buildup from occurring in your home, please check out the CDC Website, linked below!

https://www.cdc.gov/co/faqs.htm

Conclusion

            According to the CDC more than 400 people die every year from unintentional CO poisoning, that is not linked to fires. Additionally, more than 20,000 people visit the ER for symptoms related to CO poisoning, and more than 4,000 of them are hospitalized. If your Carbon Monoxide detector does go off, make sure to immediately vacate everyone-including your pets!-from the premises and call 911. Never ignore it if your CO detector goes off!

So remember, now that it’s getting colder out take all the steps you can to ensure that Carbon Monoxide poisoning does not happen to you or anyone else in your home!

Leaf & Yard Waste Disposal

We are about to enter the season when we start to realize we have an ever increasing mountain of leaves and yard waste to deal with. There are several ways you can dispose of leaf and yard waste in the Township.

The best for a wooded or natural area of your garden is to let the leaves lay and naturally decompose to enrich the soil and feed the trees and shrubs. Next best is to collect the leaves and, after shredding if possible, compost the leaves which will provide a rich organic mulch for your garden.

If you wish the leaves to be removed from your property you have several options:

  1. The Twp. Licensed Trash Hauler that you contract with for the collection of your recyclables is required to provide a Spring and Fall leaf collection. If you are uncertain of those collection dates contact your Trash Hauler directly for the dates and any requirements they may have for the collection.
  2. You can contract with a landscaper who can dispose of your leaves and yard waste at a commercial recycling center.
  3. Residents may use their own vehicles (no landscape or commercial vehicles accepted) to bring leaves and yard waste to the New Britain Road entrance to Central Park. This Drop of Site is open every third Saturday of the month, March to December from 9am to 11am. All yard waste is to be removed from containers when dropped off; no leaf bags, boxes or plastic bags can be accepted. Please do not dump yard waste at the site on any other days when the drop off area is not manned.

When collecting leaves, please remember to contain them on your own property and not to pile them into the street or drainage swales where they would impede the free flow of Stormwater and lead to localized flooding. Following are the Township Code sections requiring debris free streets:

In order to keep Township roads open, free, unclogged and safely passable and ditches properly drained, from and after the effective date of this article it shall be unlawful for anyone to cause a nuisance of any kind on roads or ditches or suffer, allow, permit, maintain or deposit in any ditch or on any road in said Township any dirt, ground, mud, gravel, sand, stones and debris; and the same is hereby prohibited.

In case any person or persons shall violate this article, the Supervisors shall have the power to remove any dirt, ground, mud, gravel, sand, stones and debris and all other nuisances from roads and ditches, after written notice so to do to the person or persons who have caused or are responsible for the same, delivered to his or their last known address, and, in his or their default, to collect the cost of such removal, together with a penalty as provided in § 1-13 of Chapter 1, General Provisions, for the use of the Township from the person or persons so causing the same, by summary proceedings.

For more information, including the list of licensed trash haulers and their contact information please view the Trash and Recycling page on the Township website.

PennDOT’s Proposed Roundabout Project

PennDOT’s presentation at the October 2, 2019 Board of Supervisors Meeting proposed two roundabouts at state Route 611 (Easton Road) and New Britain Road/Sauerman Road.

CLICK HERE to see the PennDOT presentation.

Invasive Plant ID & Removal Workshop

Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 9am-11am

2-hour workshop focusing on the identification and removal of Burning Bush, also known as “Winged Euonymus.” A commonly-used non-native landscape plant, Burning Bush has escaped into our woodlands and is choking out valuable native shrubs and wildflowers. It’s easiest to see in autumn when its rosy-red leaves are most obvious.

Wear sturdy shoes, bring work gloves and pruners (if you have them). Please be prepared to be a Park Partner as Doylestown Township continues its long-standing responsible environmental stewardship.

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Old-Growth Forest Trail Walk

Saturday, November 2, 2019 @ 1pm-3pm

Join Doylestown Township’s Environmental Advisory Council & Heritage Conservancy for an Old-Growth Forest Network dedication ceremony in Hart’s Woods!

Enjoy a 30 minute exploration through both the woods in Central Park and the Heritage Conservancy Preserve.

The DART Shuttle will be available for transportation between trails but please remember to dress for exploration!

*Parking will be located at Central Park
(New Britain Road Entrance)
425 Wells Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

Please call Doylestown Township at 215-348-9915 with any questions about the event.

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School Bus Safety

With the new school year fast approaching bus safety is a priority! Students, parents, teachers administrators and the motoring public all play important roles in keeping our children safe while in or around the scbool bus.

Pennsylvanian’s School Bus Stopping Law

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties of violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law

  • $250 fine
  • Five points on your driving record
  • 60-day license suspension

For more information, review Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law Fact Sheet.

Visit www.penndot.gov/safety for more information.

For more information visit www.doylestownrec.com or call (215) 348-9915

Leaf and Yard Waste Recycling

The best thing for the environment is to let your leaves lay, but if you want to clean up your yard and garden in an environmentally friendly way, bring your leaves and yard waste to the Township’s leaf and yard waste composting site. Removing yard and leaf waste from the Solid Waste Stream is important! This program is open to Doylestown Township residents only.

Leaf Pick Up

Advanced Disposal – 11/2/2019

DelGuerico, Inc. – As Needed

Republic Services – 11/16/2019

Waste Management – 11/9/2019

Whitetail Disposal – 11/9/2019

Company
Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.
2295 Felton Road
Norristown , PA 19401
(610) 313-971
DelGuerico’s Wrecking & Salvage, Inc.
2895 Grouse Lane, Suite 100
Reigelsville, PA 18900
(610) 346-9500   
Republic Services
731 East Reliance Road
Telford, PA 18969
(215) 723-0400
Waste Management of Indian Valley
300 Progress Drive
Telford, PA 18969
(215) 257-1142
Whitetail Disposal, Inc
334 Layfield Rd
Perkomenville, PA 18907
(610) 754-0103

Leaf Drop Off

The Drop off Site is open every third Saturday of the month, March-December from 9am-11am.

  • March 16. 2019
  • April 20, 2019
  • May 18. 2019
  • June 15, 2019
  • July 20, 2019
  • August 17, 2019
  • September 21, 2019
  • October 19, 2019
  • November 16, 2019
  • December 21, 2019

Location: New Britain Road access to the back part of CENTRAL PARK

Directions: Turn into the New Britain Road entrance to the back part of Central Park

REMINDER: Do not dispose of construction material, concrete, fences, invasive plants, large stumps, pressure treated wood or materials cut by contracted service.

NRPA’s Park and Recreation Month- July 2019

July is National Park and Recreation month! We want to show the community all the fun, games, and excitement our Parks and Recreation Department offers. Anything from summer camps, to sports leagues to concerts in the park, Doylestown Township’s Park and Rec. department offers it all!

We will spend the month of July highlighting all the great things our department offers to all ages and abilities. Its “Game On” with Doylestown Townhip’s Park and Recreation Department!

Did you know?

General Key Messages

  • Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the thousands of park and recreation employees that maintain our nation’s local, state and community parks.
  • Through efforts by NRPA, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official resolution for Park and Recreation Month in 2009 and introduced the resolution in 2017 and 2018.
  • Park and recreation agencies across the country are recognizing the month with summer programs, events, contests, commemorations and celebrations.
  • Park and recreation services are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources, to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all walks of life — Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value parks and recreation brings to communities.

2019 Key Messages

  • This July, explore all the fun and games offered in local parks and recreation! With everything from summer camps to sports leagues and special events, there are plenty of ways to get in the game.
  • July is the perfect time to get out and see the great things happening at your local parks and recreation centers and meet the people who make it all happen.
  • It’s Game On at your local parks and recreation center! We’re celebrating Park and Recreation Month with the National Recreation and Park Association by highlighting all of the great ways to play and have fun with us this July.
  • NRPA encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share the fun, games and other exciting things offered at their parks and recreation centers with the hashtag #GameOnJuly.

Information provided by NRPA

Get Involved!

  • Sign up for a summer program, sports camp or class.
  • Visit the various parks located in Doylestown Township.
    • Central Park
    • Turk Park
    • Bridgepoint Park
    • Sauerman Park
    • Doylestown Dog Park
  • Play tennis or pickle ball at Central Park.
  • Become a member of the Doylestown Dog Park.

Visit doylestownrec.com for more!

Resident Restrictions on Consumer Fireworks

Consumer Fireworks are now legal in Pennsylvania.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles. bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material.

Q: Who can purchase fireworks?

Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them.

Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?

  • They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
  • They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
  • They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
  • They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present.
  • They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

Information provided by the PA Sate Police.

Find more information at https://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/pages/fireworks-safety.aspx

Doylestown Township Residents and the Restrictions on Consumer Fireworks

Doylestown Township has restrictions on Consumer Fireworks.

Fireworks may be set off for half-hour periods during the times of 5pm-10pm on…

  • New Years Eve *Beginning at 11:45 pm
  • New Years Day *Beginning at 12:15 am
  • Chinese New Year
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Special Events
    • Wedding, anniversaries, milestorn birthdays. (These events must be granted by the Board of Supervisors at least 30 days prior to the event).

Violations & Penalties

This ordinance will be enforced by Doylestown Township Police.

Citations may be issued but will not exceed $1000.00. Any person who violates the ordinance may be issued a citation, however, nothing herein limits the Police ability to act under other valid law(s) of the commonwealth having application.

Click Here to read the complete Ordinance by visiting the Online Access to the Code of Doylestown Township.