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Safety Tips For Using A Rented Dumpster

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A roll-off dumpster, delivered to your home, can be the easiest way to handle trash disposal if you are undertaking a major home renovation or clean-up project. You simply choose the size and arrange for delivery. Once full or your project is complete, your dumpster company will pick it up for you, thus saving you many trips to the dump. Make sure you know about basic safety before your dumpster arrives by reading the tips below.

Tip #1: Park It Properly

Make sure to clear a safe parking area before the dumpster arrives. The best choice is an off-street location, such as on a paved driveway or even a patio area. If the landscape isn't important – such as during major remodeling when new landscaping is planned afterward -- feel free to have the dumpster parked on the lawn if it is easily accessible by the delivery truck. A relatively level area is all that is needed. If none of these will work, make sure you don't need any permits for street parking of the dumpster. Your rental company may be able to help you secure these if necessary.

Tip #2: Look Up

One of the biggest safety concerns when it comes to a dumpster is directly overhead. Make sure your dumpster won't have any low power lines stretching above it. It is all too easy for larger objects to become entangled in the lines when you are placing them in the dumpster, which can lead to a major electrocution hazard.

Tip #3: Keep It Secure

Dumpsters can be a tempting target for playing neighborhood kids and even curious adults. They are also dangerous and you don't want to be liable for anything that happens. Make sure the container you rent has working lids and the ability to lock them. You may need to provide your own locks, but the expense and hassle is well worth the increased safety. Remember to lock your dumpster when it isn't in use, and check inside before locking it to make sure no people or animals have climbed inside.

Tip #4: Load Correctly

Your rental company should go over basic loading recommendations with you. Generally, there should be no hazardous or flammable items inside. Also, heavy items, like concrete chunks or bricks, need to be evenly distributed so the weight is even. Be aware of where the fill line on the dumpster is so you don't overfill the container, since this can make it dangerous to move. Call for a pick up as soon as the contents approach this line.

To learn more, contact a roll off dumpster company like Lakeshore Recycling