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 September 24, 2010

Safety

Army launches fall, winter campaign Oct. 1

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 year.
IMAGE: Fall/Winter Safety Campaign logo

“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 them safely.”
 
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 risks.

“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.

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