Fall in Lombard
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Leaves & Yardwaste
- Fall leaf pick up begins October 17 and ends November 26. During this time, leaves that are placed in paper bags at the curbside will be collected for free on the same day as your regularly scheduled waste collection days. After November 26, the leaf pick up ends, and residents are responsible for their leaves. Mulching leaves into the lawn will help add nutrients to plants during winter months. Visit villageoflombard.org/yardwaste for more information.
- Phosphorus Poisoning is what happens when leaves and grass clippings are blown into the street, where they wash into sewers, and pollute our waterways. Lombard Public Works reminds residents to never blow leaves or grass clippings into the street.
Preparing for Winter: Outdoor Faucet and Lawn Sprinkler Winterization
With the change in season approaching, it is time to winterize your lawn irrigation systems, outside hose bibs, and faucets. Lawn irrigation systems require a backflow preventer per the Village’s Cross Connection Control Ordinance. If your backflow preventer is located outdoors, remember to remove and store it someplace warm for the winter. Allowing it to freeze is a costly mistake. Remember where you stored it, as you will need to give the backflow preventer to your lawn irrigation contractor or plumber next spring to re-install it. Illinois Plumbing Code requires that your backflow preventer be tested immediately upon re-installation of your backflow preventer every season. Annual tests must be performed by a certified tester and be submitted to the Village of Lombard’s Cross Connection Control Program contractor, Aqua Backflow, for compliance. If you have or require backflow protection, you may be notified for compliance (testing, repairs, installations, inspections, or surveys) by Aqua Backflow, Lombard’s backflow management firm. Any questions can be directed to the Village of Lombard Public Works Department at (630) 620-5740 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police DepartmentNational Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Oct. 22
Trick or Treating & Halloween Safety
Lombard's recommended hours for trick-or-treating on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, are 3 - 7 p.m. The Lombard Police want to help make Halloween a fun and safe experience for parents and children together.
- Plan ahead for a safe Halloween.
- Costumes should be fireproof.
- If face masks are used, make sure your children can see well enough through them. Consider using makeup instead.
- Costumes should be made of white or very light colored materials. You can decorate your child’s costume and trick-or treat bags with reflective tape or patches to make them highly visible to motorists.
- Toy weapons and other props, i.e., swords, broomsticks, hatchets, wands, etc. should be made of cardboard or Styrofoam. Sharp instruments are dangerous.
- Children should wear their regular shoes instead of fancy costume shoes for safety reasons.
- Trick-or-treating should be done during daylight hours. If out after dark, provide each of your children with a flashlight to prevent falls on porch steps and on sidewalks. Do not use jack-o-lanterns or candles.
- A responsible adult or teenager should accompany each group of children. Never let your children travel down a street by themselves. Walk with them to each house and wait in the driveway or by the door until the children return.
- Instruct your children that they should never enter the home of a stranger or accept rides.
- Watch for traffic and always walk while trick-or-treating.
- Try to limit the size of each group of children to four or five.
- Adults can help by keeping their front yards well lighted.
- Parents should check all “treats” before allowing children to eat them. Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.
- Stay in your own neighborhood and only go to houses that have porch lights turned on.
- Parents should know exactly the route their children are taking and should set a time limit for trick-or-treating.
- To help trick-or-treaters who come to your house, remove all obstacles from the steps, porch, sidewalk and lawns.
- Trick-or-treating should be for young children only. Parties are a good alternative for older children.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
- Plan a safe way to get home before you attend the party.
- Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, a car service, or a call a sober friend of family member to get home.
- Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it’s safe to do so.
- If someone you know is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.
Pink Shirt Fundraiser
Throughout the month of October, Lombard Fire Fighters will be wearing custom made pink shirts, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Months. These shirts are annually sold to staff and residents through September, with 100% of proceeds going to the Advocate Good Samaritan Cancer Care Center.
National Fire Prevention Week and Community Open House
The free open house will include fire safety education and the opportunity to get a closer look at Fire and EMS vehicles, and the apparatus involved in firefighting. This year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme, “Don’t wait, check the date”, is highlighting the importance of checking the expiration date on the back of smoke detectors. All smoke alarms need to be replaced when they are 10 years old or if they don’t respond when tested.
One grand prize raffle winner, who attends school in within Lombard school districts, will win a ride to school in a fire truck. To enter the raffle, bring non-perishable food items to the open house. Each item equals another chance to win, up to 10 entries per person. Items will be donated to the Lombard Villa Park Food Pantry.
Participants who purchased a pink shirt in early Sept. are invited to wear their shirts for a group photo with the Fire Department at 7 p.m. The pink shirts are sold annually to raise funds for the Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cancer Care Center. Call 630-620-5736 with any questions.
During fall months, recreational outdoor fires are popular. It's important to remember that these fires can create safety hazards. During dry or windy conditions, burning bans may be in place to help keep residents safe. Before you start a fire be sure to call (630)620-5750 to check if a burning ban is in place.
- Only dry seasoned wood is permitted to be used.
- Recreational fires cannot be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials (including fences)
- Fires that are not in approved containers will be limited in size to 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
- Residents are prohibited from burning landscape waste such as leaves, shrub and grass clippings and tree limbs.
- Fires in approved containers (i.e. portable fireplaces) can be 15 feet from any structure or combustible materials but, cannot be placed on wood decks. Example of Approved Container
- All recreational fires must be attended by an adult until extinguished.
- Means to extinguish the fire must be available for immediate use such as a fire extinguisher, dirt, sand, water barrel, and garden hose.
- Fires that produce offensive smoke or objectionable odors will be prohibited.
- Dial 911 to report a burning complaint (The commanding officer at the scene of a burning complaint is authorized to order the extinguishment of a fire which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation, or is in violation of the adopted codes and ordinances.)
- Permanently placed outdoor fire pit and fire place structures will require pre-approval and a building permit.