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May 13, 2011

Safety

U.S. Army launches prevention-focused Safe Summer campaign

The 2011 Safe Summer campaign stresses the importance of proactive, prevention-focused risk mitigation during the summer months.

This year’s campaign, which runs through Sept. 30, encourages every member of the Army Family to get out and enjoy all that summer has to offer, but to ask “what have you done to save a life today?”
IMAGE: Summer Safety Logo

“Our goal is not to lose or injure a single Soldier, civilian, or Family member due to an accident,” said Brig. Gen. William Wolf, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center commanding general in a recent news release.

During the summer season, excessive consumption of alcohol, assaults, and other acts of indiscipline can combine to make this time particularly hazardous if leaders and Soldier are not planning ahead and looking out for each other, Wolf said.

“I expect leaders to be involved, identify the hazards their subordinates are likely to face, teach them to be aware for changing conditions, and help them to mitigate the risks. Leaders must emphasize personal responsibility, consequences of alcohol abuse, and indiscipline.”

The Army Safety Center website features articles, posters and videos about more than 20 summer safety topics to help build a successful summer safety program. Visit https://safety.army.mil and click on the 2011 Safe Summer Campaign icon in the bottom right corner.

“Anyone can access safety tips and other key safety information on just about any summer activity you could think about. I encourage all Fort McCoy personnel to view this website,” said Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager.

The Fort McCoy community should be aware of an influx of more than 14,000 troops training at the installation during the summer months, Eddy said.

“We must all be conscious of the heightened activity this will bring to our installation,” Eddy said. “Be especially watchful for pedestrians along roadways and in parking lots.”

The increase in training also will cause an abundance of vehicles on the roadways, and many of the training Soldiers are not familiar with where they are going and the normal daily traffic patterns, Eddy said.

Construction projects in the cantonment and training areas also pose hazards.

Several roadways will be under construction, and people will have to alter their normal travel routes.

“Be a safe driver by obeying the speed limits, staying alert, slowing down when pedestrians are present along roadways or when you travel through construction zones, and avoiding distractions such as cell phones and texting,” Eddy said.

According to Eddy, motorcycle safety remains a top priority with Army leaders nationwide.

The Army has lost 20 Soldiers this year due to motorcycle accidents, which is a 35 percent increase compared to the 13 fatalities this same time frame last fiscal year.

The Army has a proactive training program for military motorcycle riders. All Soldiers wanting to operate a motorcycle must complete a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. (See related information.)

The ISO will provide a variety of safety literature covering spring and summer activities at the Armed Forces Day Open House May 21. “Our focus will be on living a healthy lifestyle and preventing needless injuries while enjoying summer activities,” Eddy said. “Installation Management Command has developed a comprehensive safety brochure for spring and summer that covers how to work, play, train and live safely. We will make these available as well.”

For more information about safety in the Fort McCoy community, call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

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