Safety Guidelines for the Adopt-A-Highway Program

Safety Guidelines for the Adopt-A-Highway Program

thank you for volunteering to be a part of em dots adopt-a-highway program since 1990 volunteers like you have removed more than 2 million bags of trash from Michigan roadside before each outing review this important safety information and adopt-a-highway group must have at least three members crew members should be healthy with good vision and hearing volunteers need to be at least twelve years old those who are 12 to 17 years old must be supervised by an adult with a ratio of one adult to three minors everyone must wear an MDOT provided safety vest wear light-colored clothing to increase your visibility use a hat sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from the Sun wear leather boots or high-top shoes with good ankle support and gloves to protect your hands be prepared for injuries carry an adequate first aid kit and cell phone and know the route to the nearest hospital carpool to the site and limit the number of vehicles on the roadside to two parked vehicles on the side of the highway you're working on parked vehicles well off-the-shoulder exit and enter vehicles from the opposite side of traffic don't park along curves on bridges near or under overpasses in highway medians or in areas that will obstruct motorists views when it's time to turn your vehicle around always drive to an exit it's unlawful to use emergency crossovers work only during daylight hours stop working in bad weather don't work and road maintenance or construction zones work in small groups for better visibility and to avoid distracting motorists face oncoming traffic and be on the lookout for traffic dangers work only on one side of the roadway at a time and never cross the roadway always be aware of your surroundings don't wear headphones or anything that could interfere with your hearing watch your footing and stay off loose stones and steep slopes avoid poison ivy and stinging insects don't pick up items on the road surface shoulders bridges or overpasses don't touch syringes animal carcasses or containers marked with hazardous material symbols tell I'm not the location of the hazardous materials don't compact trash to fit more in the bags place full bags on the grass near the road shoulder but not on the road or shoulder methamphetamine waste is the byproduct of an illegally created drug commonly called meth created in homemade labs this waste often disguised to look like carelessly dumped trash can be dangerous even deadly make sure you know the warning signs of meth lab ways and the dangers involved common products used in meth production include chemical fertilizer lithium batteries and blister packs for cold medicine containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine a shaker meth lab creates meth in simple plastic water bottles once these bottles are drained of the meth there sometimes discarded in the highway right-of-way do not touch these bottles the waste products are volatile and corrosive be wary of bottles with any separated liquids of any color or liquids that resemble urine or wiper fluid never touch a suspicious-looking propane tank corroded propane tanks are very dangerous blue discoloration means the tank is explosive dangerous items often found in meth lab wastes include paint thinner camp fuel brake cleaner drain cleaner muriatic acid and battery acid trash bags or containers with any type of tubing attached are more than likely dangerous do not touch them kitty litter bags or containers used to store meth waste are known as death bags because they contain deadly gases and fumes box labs may be found in toolboxes coolers or other storage containers these items are extremely dangerous do not go near them if you or any member of your group comes across suspected meth lab waste do not touch it contact your local Michigan State Police Post or MDOT office for help thank you for helping keep Michigan's roadsides beautiful through EM dots adopt-a-highway program for more information review the adopt-a-highway safety rules brochure or log on to slash adopt-a-highway you

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