Adopt-a-Highway program gives Texans an opportunity to volunteer
in their community while enjoying teamwork, exercise and beautiful
roadside scenery. Safety is a primary goal for everyone, and because volunteers are so important to this program, the following are some safety tips.
Remember, you are working in a dangerous environment, a public roadway. One of the most important things volunteers need
to remember about cleanups is safety comes first when working along
Hamilton ISD 5th Grade adopted State Highway 36 east (Hamilton
County). They joined AAH in May 2000.
Volunteers must wear safety vests,
provided by TxDOT, at all times during
Volunteers must wear gloves to protect hands from sharp objects. Leather work gloves are suggested. This will protect against the sun and any poisonous plants or insects you might encounter.
Only wear closed-toe shoes. Leather shoes or boots with good soles are recommended.
Wear light colored
a hat and long sleeves to avoid sunburn.
Assure that traffic control signs are open (or set out in the case of detachable signs) during the cleanup and returned to the closed position (or removed) after cleanup.
Do not stop or park vehicles on roadways.
Carpool to the pickup site to reduce the number of vehicles
in the right-of-way.
Stay in the right-of-way. Only cross the roadway when necessary.
Always work facing traffic. Never turn your back to oncoming
cars. If you can see an out-of-control vehicle coming your way,
it might be possible to avoid danger.
All children must be supervised. The suggested ratio is
at least one supervisor for every three children under age 15.
At least one adult must be present for minors ages 15 to 18. Children under the age of seven (7) may not participate in the program.
Never walk on guardrails.
Do not lean over bridge railings.
Do not pick up items on bridges, in tunnels, or on overpasses.
Watch your footing. Stay off of/away from steep slopes, trenches or any type of drop-off.
Avoid using headsets, which could interfere with hearing oncoming traffic or other potential hazards.
Do not enter roadway or its shoulder areas to pick up trash.
Do not pick up anything that could be hazardous to your health.
This includes needles, syringes, jagged glass, animal carcasses,
urine bottles or heavy objects. If in doubt, flag the item on
the fence line and alert your TxDOT contact to the problem.
Adopters are required to have a first aid kit on hand at
all times. It is suggested that one or two of the volunteers should
be familiar with CPR and general first aid techniques in case
Know the phone number and the driving route to the nearest
hospital. If possible, carry a cell phone.
Sunscreen and insect repellant are good items to keep on
Keep a list of any allergies volunteers have in case of an emergency.
Avoid overexertion. Drink plenty of water. Drinking water should be available to volunteers at all