Adopt-a-SPOT Safety Information

Stay safe while maintaining your adopted spot:

  • Any person under the age of 19 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • In order to assure safety, work in pairs or groups of three or more. If adopting an area as an individual, bring a buddy with you while performing duties.
  • Report all injuries or accidents to the Program Coordinator immediately.
  • Maintain phone access. Have a cell phone with you and/or know the location of accessible phones near your chosen route, in case of emergency.
  • For safety reasons, be identifiable. Wear gloves, safety vests, suitable footwear and weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Keep yourself supplied with water, especially during hot weather.
  • Safely identify suspicious objects using tongs. Do not reach for foreign objects with your hands.
  • Do not use motorized vehicles on the trails or in the parks.
  • Please avoid cutting or damaging any trees, shrubs and plant material.
  • Do not traverse trails and parks during storms or periods of high winds.
  • Do not enter or attempt to clean creeks or rivers, even to collect litter.
  • Do not pick up exceptionally heavy or unyielding objects.
  • Stay on one side of the street. Avoid crossing back and forth and do not block streets.

What to do if you find a needle or syringe:

Used needles or syringes may carry a number of diseases or viruses, including the HIV or Hepatitis B virus and should always be handled with care. NEVER re-cap, bend or break off the needles.

Teach children to NEVER touch the needles or syringes — tell them to inform an adult immediately. It is important to dispose of the needles or syringes carefully and promptly. Follow the steps outlined in the Adopt-a-SPOT Handbook for safe sharps handling and report to the Adopt-a-SPOT Program Supervisor.

Reporting Hazards

If you encounter a situation that could pose an immediate safety risk to the public, please also contact the City Parks Department at 604 927-5480 or the Weekend Parks Reporting Line at 604 329-9880 as soon as possible and describe in detail the nature and location of the issues.If this issue is related to a a bear that is feasting on residential garbage or acting threatening or aggressive call the Provincial Conservation Officer Service 24hr hotline at 1-877-952 RAPP or report it on-line at www.rapp.bc.ca. Dispatchers can provide advice for sightings when public safety is not threatened and a Conservation officer may be dispatched depending on the circumstances.