Adopt-a-Park Program Safety Tips

Follow these Adopt-a-Park Program tips to make sure your volunteer experience is a safe one.


  • Begin with a review of safety procedures.
  • Wear proper clothing and protective gloves when picking up litter.
  • Stay within your designated project boundaries.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Drink water often and take breaks on a regular basis.
  • Report damaged signs or dangerous conditions to 703-228-6525.
  • Have a first aid kit on hand for small emergencies.
  • Call 911 immediately if anyone is seriously injured.
  • Use a dust pan and broom to sweep up broken glass.
  • Supervise youth under the age of 17 at all times.
  • Have fun.


  • Don’t pick up litter in a road, close to the edge of a road or narrow medians.
  • Don’t pick up broken glass, hypodermic needles or other medical waste with unprotected hands.
  • Don’t pick up liquid or semi-liquid blood, soiled clothing or articles. Report the above items to the Parks & Natural Resources Division at 703-228-6525.
  • Don’t work in inclement weather.
  • Don’t try to pick up or move heavy tree limbs and objects.
  • Don’t overexert yourself. Take breaks and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Don’t participate under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.