Safety

An image of prescription pills, for a post about safely disposing of unused medication.

Don’t Flush Unused Medications

Here’s How to Dispose of Them Safely Do you have unused or unneeded medications in your home? If you’re thinking of flushing them down the toilet, STOP. Flushing pharmaceuticals can lead to contamination of water supplies, because wastewater treatment plants were not designed to remove these compounds. Throwing drugs in the trash or leaving them…

A yellow hydrant gushes water across the street. Don't open hydrants to cool off!

No Matter How Hot, Opening a Hydrant Isn’t Cool

2020 has certainly brought its share of challenges, including beating the heat. Pandemic restrictions in place to keep the public safe have prevented most public pools and other swimming areas from opening. Frustrations are rising along with the temperature. Still, while it might be tempting to crack open a fire hydrant and cool off, DON’T….

Have a Blast, Safely, on Independence Day

This Fourth of July marks the state’s third year under a fireworks law (House Bill 542) that allows residents to legally shoot off bigger, louder and more dangerous displays than have been allowed for the last eight decades. The change means there’s a higher potential for more injuries. Complicating matters is that more people seem…

Don’t Forget Hydrants When Clearing Snow

  Few people like clearing snow, but it’s a must to keep sidewalks and driveways safe and passable. While many of us focus just on clearing a space for our car and the area in front of our residence, please don’t forget something else that’s just as important, but often overlooked: the area around hydrants….

Did You Know Rainstorms Change the Water Treatment Process?

For most people, rain in the forecast is usually little more than a mild inconvenience. But at LCA, we have to watch that forecast very carefully, because rain affects how we treat and supply your water. We need to know how much we are getting, when it’s supposed to arrive, how long it should last,…

Are your pipes and water meter protected from freezing?

It’s been a chilly fall so far, with multiple freeze and frost warnings. If you haven’t already, it’s time to winterize the house, protect those pipes and wrap that meter — before temperatures drop any lower. Remember that while Lehigh County Authority owns the meter, the water customer is responsible for protecting it. If the water…

Emergency Preparedness: Making A Plan Can Save Lives

Hurricane Florence is on the doorstep of the Carolinas, and the National Hurricane Center is calling the massive storm, with its sustained winds of up to 130 mph, “life-threatening.” Though it looks like the South will take the brunt of Florence, it’s not just the coastal states that are at risk. The greater Lehigh Valley…

Lots of Rain = Lots of Mosquitoes. Here’s How to Fight Back

With all the rain we’ve been having this summer, you can be sure the mosquitoes are out in full force. Torrential downpours have left standing water anywhere it can pool: in puddles, in discarded tires, in tree stumps, in the folds of tarps, even in toys left outside. They all make perfect breeding grounds for…

Don’t become a statistic — follow these tips to beat the heat

Though this summer hasn’t been as consistently hot as others (yet), we’ve already had our fair share of blistering temps and heat warnings. As we head into the middle of July, you can be sure more heat waves are likely. Every year, there are grim news stories about children or pets who’ve been locked in…

Fireworks on the Fourth: Celebrate Independence Day Safely

This Fourth of July will be the state’s first under a new fireworks law that allows residents to legally shoot off bigger, louder and more dangerous displays than have been allowed for the last 80 years. It’s a change that brings with it the potential for more injuries — and that has local authorities concerned….

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