The size and sounds of the vehicles alone can often draw children to the end of the driveway week after week.

For parents, it’s imperative that children know while both garbage and recycling trucks are fun to watch they are not safe to play on or around.

Keep your kids out of harm’s way with some tips from Advanced Disposal, where safety is a priority.

Children should never stand, play, or ride their bikes and skateboards behind garbage and recycling trucks where the drivers cannot see them. Have them learn the adage: “If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you.”

Children should also be taught to listen for the sound of beeping which means the truck is about to back up. For kids, this is their signal to stand clear and make sure they are in view.

Because of their size - garbage trucks weigh about 25 tons, the size of six rhinoceros - it takes longer for them to stop. Children should stay at least 15 feet away from the vehicles.

Garbage cans themselves are also a safety hazard. Besides often containing dirty and foul-smelling waste, children can get hurt playing in and around garbage cans that may contain sharp objects.

While safety is key, so is courtesy. Children can greet the garbage trucks coming through their neighborhood with a wave from a safe distance.

For more information or any other questions, please visit Advanced Disposal

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