Cityscope: July - August 2020

Monsoon safety tips and reminders

June 15 through September 30 is the official Arizona monsoon - a season known for high temperatures, dust clouds and heavy moisture. The following tips are provided to help keep you safe:

  • During a heat advisory, drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. You should NEVER leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles. 
  • Thunderstorms and heavy winds can damage property and power lines. Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Reduce monsoon damage to your trees.
  • In case of power outages, contact your utility company (SRP 602-236-8811 or APS 1-855-OUTAGES).
  • For those caught outdoors during a storm, find shelter, or go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Get out of swimming pools, boats and away from all water. If flooding is possible, go to higher ground.
  • If, while you are driving, you approach a storm of any kind, reduce speed and turn on your headlights.
  • In a thunderstorm, pull safely onto the shoulder, stay in the car and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rains subside. 
  •  In a dust storm, if you cannot see more than 300 feet (length of a football field), it is time to get off the road. If traveling on a freeway, exit at an exit ramp find a safe place to stop. If no exit ramp is near, pull completely off the roadway. Turn off driving lights and all vehicle lights, including emergency flashers. Set your emergency brake and keep your foot off the brake pedal. Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • Always obey traffic warning signs and avoid flooded roadways.

Aug. 4 Primary Election

Registered voters will have the opportunity to elect three Chandler City Councilmembers during the Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Residents may learn more about the six candidates online, as their website information and social media accounts are provided.

To vote by mail, request your ballot by July 24 by contacting the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office at 602-506-1511. Vote early in person or locate your polling place on Election Day. Ballots may also be dropped off at any voting location or at Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave. View a list of locations and hours for polling places in Chandler.

  Find more information about Chandler elections, by calling 480-782-2181.

Reduce ground-level ozone with these tips

Check out these tips to reduce ground-level ozone for each day of the week from the Maricopa County Air Quality Department:

  • Bike: Ride your bicycle to places you would normally drive your car. Get some fresh air and save some gas.
  • Ride Public Transit: Utilize alternate modes of transportation. Visit Valley Metro, for information on transportation alternatives.
  • Carpool: Carpool to as many locations as possible. Riding together decreases the amount of dust and emissions in the air.
  • Walk: Walk to nearby locations instead of driving. Increasing the number of steps you take will also improve your health.
  • Avoid Idling: Avoid the drive-thru and go inside to order your food, coffee or prescriptions. By doing this you will reduce exhaust emissions.
  • Fuel After Dark: Hot temperatures and gasoline fumes create ground-level ozone. Reduce the effect and refuel your vehicle at night time.
  • Sweep It Up: Sweep your driveway and patio instead of using a leaf blower. Get some exercise and breathe in fresh air while you burn calories. 

Help prevent ‘ hot loads’ in trash, recycling

Garbage truck

What is a hot load? A truckload of recyclables or trash that catches fire, smolders, spontaneously combusts or becomes toxic as a result of incompatible waste mixing inside a collection truck. A hot load can occur in neighborhoods while collecting recycling and trash or on public roadways and can damage personal property and collection vehicles. 

What causes a hot load? Improper disposal of material in a recycling or trash container that is incompatible and reacts when mixed with other waste in a collection vehicle. The combination of incompatible chemicals, such as household bleach and ammonia, can be lethal. Depending on the types of household chemicals, the results can injure workers, family members, neighbors, pets, cause damage to personal property and the environment.

When trash is collected, it is compacted to make more room. The process makes it possible for incompatible materials to mix together. Household chemicals should be used to the last drop. Leftover products should be labeled and stored for recycling or disposal at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. Call 480-782-3510 for more details and to schedule a drop-off appointment. DO NOT place the following in your recycling or trash containers:

  • Hot ashes, cigarette paraphernalia, fireworks, hot coals or wood
  • Motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene or lighter fluid
  • Paint, varnish, pesticides or other household chemicals
  •  Auto batteries, rechargeable NiCad or Lithium batteries
  •  Cooking oil from fryers   
  •  Liquid waste of any kind 
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