MAYOR'S COLUMN
Happy Summer 2017!!

Every season brings its own safety hazards, and summer is certainly no exception. While we want you to enjoy summer in Waterford Township, it’s important to remember these important tips regarding to keep you and your family safe!

FIREWORKS SAFETY
*** In 2015 there were 22,000 fireworks injuries reported in the U.S. and 30,000 fires were caused by fireworks. Just in one year! Most of these fires and injuries occurred between the Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday weekends. Remember, fireworks can burn at over 2,000 degrees!

*** The use of fireworks is illegal in NJ – leave it to the professionals and attend one of the many excellent public fireworks displays!

SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY
*** If you can hear thunder, there is a danger of lightning. Stay indoors and away from windows during thunderstorms – and remember that power surges from lightning can come through your home phone and electrical wires. Never swim or congregate outdoors if you hear thunder!

*** During a Heatwave – Stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activity during the day, check on family, neighbors, and pets, and never leave children or pets in unattended vehicles. Also know the signs of heat stroke - hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.

Please remember that we are here to serve all members of our municipality. The “PIT” on Columbia Avenue is now open every Saturday (with the exception of July 1st) to make it easier on homeowners to dispose of yard debris. We are also taking the time to renovate some of the recreation areas in town to provide safer and more enjoyable play areas for the Township’s youngest residents. Some roads within our Township are in need of TLC, and you will see our Public Works Department out doing their best to make the Township roads smoother and easier to travel during these summer months. The Township has also put out a “Request for Proposals” for the Haines Boulevard Redevelopment Area. . . we are truly doing our best to transform that area into a place that Waterford Township Residents will be proud of.

Have a happy summer and be sure to get out and experience all that our wonderful township has to offer!!

Sincerely,

Mayor Bill Richardson