RUCKER, Ala. (U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center) — In
an effort to reduce the number of water-related deaths and injuries to
Soldiers, family members and civilians, the U. S. Army Combat
Readiness (USACR)/Safety Center has launched an interactive,
Web-based, multimedia Water-Safety tool available on the USACR/Safety
Center home page at https://safety.army.mil/WaterSafety.
new tool, which requires users to have Adobe Flash Player 9 installed
on their computers, is designed to provide water safety-related
content in an appealing and engaging format.
2007, the Army lost 15 Soldiers in water-related accidents," said
Dr. Patricia LeDuc, USACR/Safety Center Human Factors Task Force
director. "Although that number went down last year, we never
want to see it that high again, and a tool like Water-Safety is going
to help us keep complacency low and safe water fun high."
new Water-Safety tool features safety-related content presented to the
user through links, videos and entertaining and informative safety
challenges. The interactive challenges will display safety messages
(tips, statistics and trivia) to promote water safety awareness,
knowledge and a more water safety-conscious lifestyle.
water-safety challenges are available: swimming, personal watercraft,
life-ring toss and beach hazards.
swimming challenge promotes awareness and development of "safe
control a swimmer trying to swim across a lake to a dock and back. On
the way, the swimmer will need to avoid obstacles and conserve
are presented safety messages for grabbing life rings and collect
bonus points or get additional energy for acknowledging the safety
personal watercraft challenge was designed to promote "safe
personal watercraft operation behaviors." During this challenge,
the user will control a personal watercraft while trying to navigate
the lake to a dock. Successful safe docking will accumulate points for
the user. Before being allowed to operate the personal watercraft,
safety-related information needs to be reviewed and checked off.
life-ring toss challenge is designed to promote general water-safety
awareness. The user will have to be on the watch for struggling
swimmers and is provided with safety-related information throughout
different difficulty levels. The environment changes with an increased
number of swimmers and the addition of wind and interference objects.
beach hazard challenge is designed to promote beach-safety awareness.
This challenge includes information on sunscreen, heat-related
injuries and other injuries (cuts and sunburns) common at the beach.
challenge play, the user will control a walker trying to navigate to a
destination on the beach while avoiding obstacles on the beach. Bonus
points can be obtained by finding items to include sunscreen,
sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat.
said Water Safety is just one of many exciting programs the
USACR/Safety Center team is working on that will help better engage
the total Army Family, from the computer novice to the technology
like Water Safety allow us to use exciting visual media to make our
safety messages fun, interesting and active for all members of our
Army family," she said. "We are very excited to add this
great new program to our inventory."
also can access a number of tips to have a safe summer on the U.S.
Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Safe Summer Web site at https://safety.army.mil/portals/multimedia/CAMPAIGNSINITIATIVES/SummerSafety2009/tabid/977/Default.aspx.
more information about safety topics, including water safety, in the
Fort McCoy community, call the Installation Safety Office at
608-388-3403 or visit the Fort McCoy Safety Section on the Extranet
Web site, which is accessible through the Web site http://www.mccoy.army.mil.