October 2020
Fire Prevention Week Goes Online
Fire Company Volunteers Needed

October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week. With COVID-19 safe-distancing in mind, our local fire officials encourage you to go online to refresh your fire safety skills, especially in the kitchen.

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires. With more people staying at home and making meals, now is a good time to review safety tips. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association.

Never Leave Cooking Unattended. It's the leading cause of kitchen fires. Here's a cooking safety checklist to review with your family.

Have Food Delivered when Tired. If you are sleepy, taking medication that makes you drowsy, or under the influence, don't cook. Don't risk a kitchen injury or fire--it's more common than you might think. 
 
Refresh Your Microwave Oven Safety Practices. Especially if you have kids reheating their food by microwave oven, review these tips with them. Scald burns are the leading cause of injury from microwaves.
 
Games and Videos. If your family is going to miss touring the station and seeing the fire trucks this year, visit the Kids page at the button below to find videos, games and activities. 
Volunteer Firefighters and Support Staff Needed 

Upper Makefield Township relies on and financially supports our volunteer Upper Makefield Township Fire Company and the Lingohocken Fire Company, which serves a portion of the Township. We hope you’ll thank your firefighter neighbors for years of safety and service by volunteering as well.

Firefighters are needed, but there are several non-firefighting volunteer positions as well. To learn more, follow our fire companies on Facebook. Shown above: UMFC Firefighters joined other Bucks County firefighters for training in July.
Fire Safety At Home

From our Fire Marshal’s perspective, working from home during this pandemic raises residential fire risk: Our residential dwellings are at their highest daily occupancy level. 

Please remember that a fire could occur at any time of day and double in size every 30 seconds. Now is a good time to review these fire safety reminders. Find more tips on our website

Smoke Detectors. Check to see if they are properly positioned and working. If your system uses batteries, have they been replaced this year? 

Heating Systems. Prevent an indoor cold snap by having your heating system serviced now by a licensed professional. 

Fireplace and Chimney. Schedule a licensed chimney sweep to inspect and clean your fireplace and chimney. 

Portable Electric Heaters. Confirm that they are UL certified and place them a minimum of 36” from any combustible material. 

If you have questions, please leave a message at 215-968-3340 for Fire Marshal John Kernan.
Register Now to Drop Off Household Hazardous Waste 
October 17, November 21, and November 22

Bucks County officials have rescheduled Household Hazardous Waste drop-off dates and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents must register with Bucks County via the county's Eventbrite page. Before you go, please review the no-contact drop-off requirements. Our Township website offers more details on private trash removal and recycling options.
Seeking Volunteers

Each year, our elected officials and staff rely on dozens of committee and board volunteers to research, review, and recommend improvements on how Upper Makefield Township grows and changes. Are you interested in helping out? We need all types of volunteers for Environmental, Historic, Park and Recreation advisory boards, and to serve on the Zoning Hearing Board. It’s easy to learn more online, and the application is a one-pager! Appointments are made at the start of each year and whenever a vacancy occurs. 
Plant More Trees by Tapping Grant Funding to Property Owners 

To encourage a healthy, green township, Upper Makefield offers grants to property owners who buy, plant and protect trees. Grants are issued in the form of rebates for Pennsylvania native trees. Guidance on native trees can be found on the UMTree Grant Application.

The Arbor Day Foundation offers planting guidelines, including the concept of planting the "Right Tree...Right Place." They suggest these considerations: "Short, flowering trees don't clash with overhead utility lines. Large deciduous trees on the southeast, southwest, and west provide cooling shade in the summer but don't obstruct the warming winter sunlight. An evergreen windbreak to the north blocks cold winds in winter." Arbor Day Tree Guide.
Live Broadcast for 2021 Budget Workshops on October 6 and
October 13

Learn how Upper Makefield officials plan each year to balance services with tax revenue and project long-range improvements. Our annual budget workshops this year are Tuesday, October 6 and Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, a public presentation of the Preliminary Budget is planned for Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Preliminary Budget will be available for public review before the Board of Supervisors' final approval. Each meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 22 and Verizon Channel 21 beginning at 7:30 p.m. All meetings will be posted to the Township website the day after the meeting.
 
To ensure public safety during the COVID-19 crisis, there will be no public attendance. Public comment may be submitted by email before and during the meeting to manager@uppermakefield.org, or before 4:30 p.m. on meeting day by calling Township Manager David R. Nyman at 215-968-3340, or by U.S. Mail to 1076 Eagle Road, Newtown, PA, 18940. Public comment will be read into the record.
Roundup
Plan How You Will Vote. Your options to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election include mail-in and absentee ballots by mail or drop box, or in-person voting. Check the Bucks County Board of Elections FAQs page for details and drop box locations. The last day to register to vote or make changes to your registration for the 2020 General Election is Monday, October 19, 2020.
Spotted Lanternfly. It’s hard not to see the invasive Spotted Lanternfly this fall; they seem to be everywhere! Bucks County is one of 26 Pennsylvania counties under quarantine. This fall, look for both adult flies and their egg masses. To stem their reproduction cycle, squish the ones you can and destroy the eggs. Next, report your siting online. Please also check your property (tarps, outbuildings) and vehicles for any unwelcome insect hitchhikers. Find more information on the Penn State Extension Spotted Lanterfly Site.
Real I.D. Enforcement Date Postponed. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security has postponed enforcement of Real I.D. for air travel by one year to October 1, 2021.
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