in the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to begin developing winter
routines to help them persevere through the cold, snowy and icy months
to the Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO), one of the best
steps members of the installation work force can take to prepare for
winter at the installation is to review and/or enact policies to
shovel/salt entrances to their facilities. Employees also can
consolidate overnight vehicle parking in their parking lots.
snowy/icy conditions do occur, this practice will enable McCoy Public
Works Joint Venture personnel to use snowplows to clear the parking
lots more easily.
addition to ensuring the most-frequently used entrances/exits to
buildings are shoveled/sanded/salted, personnel also may want to keep
in mind less-frequently used entrances/exits. Often these may be used
in case of an emergency or by personnel unfamiliar with an area so
they should be cleared, as well.
major winter safety issues for personnel in the Fort McCoy work force
are injuries caused by accidental slips or falls. Wearing rubber-soled
footwear versus leather-soled footwear can help reduce these types of
incidents, according to the ISO.
Ready Army campaign also notes that now is a good time to supplement
the family emergency preparedness kit. Winter emergency items that
could be added include rock salt, sand, snow shovels, adequate winter
clothing and extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
also can take the time to winterize their vehicles. Some of the items
that should be checked and corrected/repaired/replaced as necessary
include windshield wipers and fluids, tire treads and pressure,
brakes, antifreeze, headlights, oil, etc.
freezing weather, motorists are encouraged to keep good visibility by
thoroughly scraping or clearing front, side and rear windows of frost.
Personnel also can check to ensure their homes are properly insulated
and keep their vehicle gas tanks full to help prevent fuel lines from
freezing and keeping vehicles ready for emergency use.
winter safety tips are available from a number of Web sites, including
ISO has a Safety Section on the Fort McCoy Extranet, which is
available through the public Web site http://www.mccoy.army.mil.
For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call (608) 388-3403.
information in this story is from the Ready Army campaign.)