|FORT RUCKER, Ala. (U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety
Center Public Affairs Office) — The 2010 Army Fall/Winter Safety
Campaign provides information to help Soldiers, Family members and
civilians understand the hazards of cold weather activities and how
education, awareness and information can guide them safely through the
fall and winter seasons. It also reaffirms the Army’s commitment to
protecting its “Band of Brothers and Sisters” in all 12 months of the
“The fall and winter months can be as full of fun and Family
activities as the warm months,” said Col. Scott Thompson, U.S. Army
Combat Readiness (USACR)/Safety Center deputy commander. “We want to
ensure our Soldiers understand that while they’re traveling or outdoors
having fun, they need to recognize seasonal safety hazards and manage
The theme of the campaign, which runs Oct. 1-March 31, is “no time to
chill” when it comes to safety and risk management.
Colder weather isn’t an excuse to not hotly pursue proven composite risk
management techniques, which help mitigate both on- and off-duty safety
“Wearing seat belts and not creating distracted driving situations
during all seasons are standard safety practices,” Thompson said.
The Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) will participate in the
campaign and encourages everyone to use good safety practices during the
fall and winter months, said Deb Heise-Clark, ISO safety specialist.
Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is encouraged to become aware of
the special precautions and planning needed to enjoy safe outdoor
activities in the fall and winter months. Heise-Clark said the ISO
safety website on the Fort McCoy Extranet provides seasonal safety
topics/information. The site is available through the Fort McCoy public
website at http://www.mccoy.army.mil.
Safety concerns and tips also can be shared through quarterly Safety and
Occupational Health Advisory Council meetings, with the next meeting
scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12. Concerns and questions about safety
topics in the Fort McCoy work force can be addressed to organizational
safety representatives or called into the ISO at 608-388-3403.
The Army’s Fall/Winter Safety Campaign reminds the Army Family that
wherever they are — working in the motor pool, hitting the slopes or
enjoying cooler temperatures with loved ones and friends — “composite
risk management must remain a top priority in every activity, on and off
duty,” Thompson added.
To help leaders at all levels build and manage their own top-quality
fall and winter safety engagement plans, the team at the USACR/Safety
Center has developed feature articles, posters, videos and public
service announcements focusing on several important and
season-appropriate safety topics, including hunting, outdoor injuries,
safe celebrations, home safety, fire safety, winter driving and more.
All products now are available on the USACR/Safety Center website,
https://safety.army.mil, under the
Fall/Winter Safety Campaign icon.