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How to Guard Against Utility Imposters

You hear about it all too often in the news: An unsuspecting homeowner victimized by thieves posing as utility company workers to gain entry and rob the house. You can prevent utility imposters from targeting you by taking precautions to protect yourself.

Individuals claiming to represent the "water company" or another utility will approach the resident and use a variety of excuses to enter the home. For example, they are supposedly investigating a "dirty water" complaint by a neighbor or checking water pressure due to a main break nearby. Once inside the home, the imposters typically divert the resident's attention by sending him/her to the basement or kitchen to run a faucet while they or an accomplice robs another area of the home.

First, it is extremely rare for water company personnel to show up at a customer's home without an appointment. However, if a utility worker comes to your door and you are not expecting them, DO NOT let them inside without proper identification. All Pennsylvania American Water service personnel wear uniforms, drive company-branded vehicles and wear photo ID badges with the company's logo. (IMPORTANT: Company employees will never ask for nor accept payment at a customer's home or business.)

Don't be afraid to ask for photo ID, and take the time to examine the ID badge whenever someone from a utility company arrives at your home. If you are still unsure and have any suspicions about the individual's identity, call 9-1-1 immediately. Also, you can contact Pennsylvania American Water's customer service center (800-565-7292) to check if the service visit is legitimate.

Please share this advice with family and friends, particularly seniors who often fall prey to these thieves.
Pennsylvania American Water is committed to safety for its customers and employees. Be vigilant, and don't get fooled by utility imposters!

Trash Task Force Report

The Trash Task Force report and recommendations can be found by clicking on the link below. The Task Force identified a series of options for dealing with trash collection and recycling in the Township. The Task Force selected one option as its preferred option. It is recommending that the Board of Supervisors consider developing a program which will identify and contract with a preferred hauler. Residents will be encouraged, but not required, to use that preferred hauler. It is anticipated that rates will decrease for trash pickup as more residents sign up to use the preferred hauler. All haulers providing trash pickup to Township residents will be required to provide recycling services to their customers as a requirement by state law. This is a recommendation by the Task Force only. The Board of Supervisors thanks the Task Force for its work and will consider the report, all of the options and the recommendation before taking further action. Trash Task Force Report

Carbon Monoxide Requirements

Senate Bill 607 signed into law by Governor Corbett on December 20, 2013 requires all residential single family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, non-owner occupied dwellings of any type (apartments, tenant houses, summer homes, cabins, vacation rentals) to install and maintain at least ONE carbon monoxide alarm within the living space, when the dwellings’ appliances are served by a fuel burning source. (PROPANE, NATURAL GAS, FUEL OIL, KEROSENE, CHARCOAL, WOOD, GASOLINE). A carbon monoxide alarm is also required when a home has an attached garage.

CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) POISIONING is the most common type of fatal air poisoning to humans and animals. It is a colorless, ordorless, and tasteless gas that is otherwise undetectable to the human senses, and people may not know that they are being exposed.

The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu but, without the fever, they include:
Headache
Fatigue
Shortness of breath
Nausea
Dizziness

High level CO Poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:
Mental confusion
Vomiting
Loss of muscular coordination
Loss of Consciousness
Ultimately death

How Can I prevent CO poisoning??
l. Make sure appliances are installed and operated according to the manufacture’s instructions
2. Never operate a portable generator or any other gasoline engine-powered tool either in or
near an enclosed space such as a garage, house.
3. Never use portable fuel-burning camping equipment inside a home, garage
4. Never burn charcoal inside a home, garage or near open windows.
5. Never use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens, or clothes dryers to heat your home.
6. Never operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in a room where people are sleeping.
7. Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.
8. During home renovations, ensure that appliance vents and chimneys are not blocked by
tarps or debris.
9. Make sure that appliances have been inspected and are in proper working order after
renovations are completed

How and where should I install a CO alarm?
Alarms should be installed per the manufactures instructions. The CPSC (Consumer Product
Safety Commission) recommends that one CO alarm be installed in the hallway outside the
bedrooms in each separate sleeping area of the home. CO alarms may be installed into a plug-in
receptacle or high on the wall. Hard wired or plug-in CO alarms should have battery backup.
Avoid locations that are near heating vents or that can be covered by furniture or draperies.
Install an alarm in the area or room nearest to the door to your attached garage.
DO NOT install in kitchens or above fuel-burning appliances.

What should you do when the CO alarm sounds?
NEVER ignore an alarming CO alarm
Immediately move outside to fresh air
Call 911
NO NOT re-enter the premises until the emergency service responder has given you permission
to do so.
If the source of the CO is a malfunction appliance-DO NOT operate that appliance until it has
Be properly serviced and inspected by a certified technician