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Help us save the night  Posted February 25, 2024
The solution is as easy as screwing in a lightbulb. Light pollution is something we can all help erase, in our homes and backyards, the parks that we play in, and the cities and towns we call home. LEDs and compact fluorescents (CFLs) can help reduce energy use and protect the environment, but only warm-colored bulbs should be used. Dimmers, motion sensors, and timers can help to reduce average illumination levels and save even more energy.
 
Outdoor lighting fixtures that shield the light source to minimize glare and light trespass help prevent light pollution. Switching to LED lighting allows for reduced illuminance without compromising visibility. Unnecessary indoor lighting should be turned off. This will help prevent leakage of interior light into the night sky.
 
The use of blue lights at night should be avoided: Outdoor lighting with strong blue content is likely to worsen sky glow because it has a significantly larger geographic reach than lighting consisting of less blue.  Blue-rich white light sources are also known to increase glare and compromise human vision, especially in the aging eye. These lights create potential road safety problems for motorists and pedestrians alike. In natural settings, blue light at night has been shown to adversely affect wildlife behavior and reproduction. This particularly true in cities, which are often stopover points for migratory species. It is recommended to only use warm-appearing light sources for outdoor lighting. This includes low-pressure sodium (LPS), high-pressure sodium (HPS), and low-CCT LEDs.  “Warm” toned or filtered LEDs (CCT 3000 K or lower; S/P ratio 1.2 or lower) should be used to minimize blue emission.
 
 
Have you ever wondered?  Posted January 31, 2024
Have you ever wondered what the little black box is near the front door of your neighbors home?  It holds keys to the front door that can only be opened by fire department personnel.
 
If you live by yourself it would be advisable to obtain one to forestall the possibility of having your front door broken to gain entrance in case of an emergency.
 
To obtain on of these lock boxes contact the fire department on Camino del Sol at the new Fire Station or call them at 520-625-9400.  The cost of the lock box is $75.00 installed and is far cheaper than having to replace your front door.
 

Drone Disturbances? Posted December 15, 2023
The Pima County Sheriff recommends homeowners call 911 to report any disturbances related to drones in their area.
 
 
Emergency Alerts   Posted April 6, 2023
Want to get emergency alerts from Pima County in real time?  Sign up for MyAlerts at MyAlerts.pima.gov.  Subscribers receive notifications about weather-related events, police situations, public health concerns, and other public emergencies. Subscribers can input their zip code to get information relevant to the area in which they live and/or work. You can also learn more about how to be ready for any emergency at ein.az.gov. Just look for the Ready, Set, Go! Program.
 
 
Kitchen Safety – Preventing Cooking Fires   Posted March 16, 2023
The Green Valley Fire District (GVFD) wants you to consider these Safety Tips:
  • Do not leave food or anything that can ignite, causing a fire on the stove, in the oven, or on the grill unattended. If you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the heat source. Timers are a good tool to remind you at intervals to check on what you are cooking and notifying you when the food is done.
  • Maintain and enforce a three-foot child free zone around the kitchen for children and pets. 
  • It is safest to use a back burner, if possible, when cooking. It is also safer to turn the handle of a pan away from the edge of a stove. 
  • Cooking safety, like all safety measures, requires being alert. If you are not fully alert due to sleepiness, drowsiness from medication, or alcohol consumption, do not cook. 
Cooking fires can occur for many reasons. In the event of a fire assess the situation. Are you able to safely put the fire out? If not, call 911 immediately.
 
Consider these Safety Tips for small fires:
  • Extinguishing a fire means depriving the fire of oxygen, heat, and a combustible fuel source. Do you know where your extinguisher is located? 
  • Never use water on grease fire as that will make the fire worse. For grease fires, as well as gas burner fires, turn off the burner, and with caution, place a lid over the pan. This smothers the fire by depriving it of oxygen. Do not remove the lid until the pan is cool and thus heat source is gone, before introducing oxygen. 
  • Common kitchen supplies that may help douse a small grease fire: baking soda in very large quantities when heated causes carbon dioxide to be released and thus smothers a fire. Salt in large quantities forms a barrier between fire and air which has oxygen and thus oxygen deprivation can help put out a fire. These are to be used only when a small fire is contained in the pan. 
NOTE: Do not assume that all powdered kitchen supplies will help put out a fire. Some in fact can worsen a fire. Baking powder and flour for instance, can cause an explosion if they are exposed to extreme heat. And remember: NEVER throw hot grease into the garbage. 
 
Do not attempt to control a fire that is large, spreading rapidly, or that you are not comfortable extinguishing yourself. NEVER hesitate to call 911. The quicker a fire is extinguished, the less chance of injury, death, or property damage.
 
 
Be Alert  Posted November 18, 2022
Be Alert about anyone or anything unusual in our neighborhood. The Pima County Sheriff's Department is asking Green Valley residents to call 911 immediately when something or someone seems off. “Real Time Crime” is an attempt to educate all of us that the Sherriff's cannot do anything after the fact. The Sheriff's Department advises it is easier to keep criminal elements out of our neighborhoods if we can stop them before crimes happen. Call if you suspect. Don't wait.
 
 
Dispose-A-Med  Posted March 19, 2022
Many people find they have unused or expired medications in their homes and assume they can just throw them away or flush them down the toilet. The problem is, like everything else we flush, medicines we send down the pipes ends up in our water…and potentially beyond. The Pima County Sheriff's' Department’s Dispose-A-Med program provides a place to properly dispose of these unwanted items safely at 601 N. La Canada Drive. The drop-off bin for these unwanted meds and is accessible to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. For safety and confidentiality reasons, any items turned over for collection cannot be returned.
 
They will accept the following items:
  • Pills
  • Capsules
  • Caplets
  • Gel Caps
  • Medicated Patches
They do not accept:
  • Metal or glass inhalation aerosol bottles
  • Syringes or Epi-pens
  • Creams or Liquids
  • Diabetic test strips
  • Powders
 
For information about the disposal of needles and syringes, please visit the Pima County Health Department website.
 
 
Meet the newest villain in the invasive species world, STINKNET.    Posted 03/02/2022
This noxious plant poses public health risks, crowds out native flora, and increases fire risk.  So what's the stink about? Stinknet, AKA globe chamomile, is an invasive plant with a strong unpleasant odor. Growing quickly in dense clusters, it easily replaces native vegetation and spreads rapidly along roadways and open fields. Dried patches are highly flammable, producing caustic smoke that can cause eye irritation and breathing problems. Asthmatics and those with sensitive skin are particularly at risk: just walking through a patch or handling vegetation can cause wheezing, rashes, and burns.

Have you seen this plant? Help our community out by mapping where you find it at tucsonaudubon.org/stinknet ▪️ It will be flowering over the next several months so now is a great time to keep your eyes out! Share this post with other locals so we can all join in the effort together!
 
 
Keep Informed   Posted February 18, 2022
Matt McGlone, Community Outreach Coordinator, Pima County Office of Emergency Management gave a recent presentation at the Green Valley Council meeting. He stressed that during an emergency, urgent messaging is very effective.  Pima County has a new mass notification system that can quickly and reliably push emergency messages to numerous devices.  How it works:  Go to the website: MyAlerts.pima.gov to create a profile and start receiving notifications concerning potential safety hazards, law enforcement situations or any number of emergency situations. There is also a "Ready, Set, Go! program to follow measures in an emergency.  More information is at the website: ein.az.gov
 
 
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