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As summer vacation comes to an end for students, our puppet friend Dirk Donhopper reminds school children to look both ways before entering into school zone crosswalks.  Clark County schools reopen for the 2014-15 school year Aug. 25. Drivers are reminded to obey speed limits when in a school zones or school crossing zones, and to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.  Nevada State Law establishes speed limits in School Zones in front of schools at 15 mph and School Crossing Zones, crossings to and from, but not directly in front of a school at 25 mph. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department issued the following back-to-school safety reminder; stay alert at crosswalks, stop when school bus lights are flashing and remind drivers school-zone speeding fines start at $190.  Police officers from North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Henderson and the Clark County School District will be enforcing traffic laws in school zones. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Lorenz Crespo) Look before you step

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As any outdoor lover knows, summer weather can be notoriously unpredictable. Being prepared for all situations, especially the unexpected, is part of Air Force culture. Summer weather can test one’s ability to be prepared for sudden changes as well as the ability to manage the risks associated with these changes. Knowing how to manage the risks in order to stay safe when the skies turn unfriendly can potentially prevent injury or save a life. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika) Preparedness key to summer weather safety

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Every summer, people across the country get out their grills to barbeque food. Along with this fun tradition comes many potential fire and other safety hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas grills constitute a higher fire risk and between 2007 and 2011, they were involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires. In December 2012, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm was badly burned while grilling. The NFPA website stated Storm suffered first and second-degree burns on her face, neck, chest and hands when she attempted to re-ignite a flame after the wind had blown it out and caused propane gas to pool and become an explosion hazard. The NFPA suggests these safety tips: propane gas and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Never leave your grill unattended. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler) Grilling: prevent damage, injury by keeping it safe

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As summer temperatures soar into the high 100s, vacations and road trips are becoming more necessary in order to escape the blistering heat. It is important to remember to be fully prepared before driving any kind of distance. According to the National Highway Traffic safety Administrations website, even well-maintained vehicles can break down.  Before getting on the road it is important to check the vehicles fluids, tires, and lights to make sure it is safe to drive.  It is also important to make sure all the necessary items are available in order to ensure a safe trip such as; an emergency phone, first aid kit, spare tire and a full tank of gas. Members of the Nellis Air Force Base community are encouraged to take all of these precautionary steps to have a safe travel.   (U.S. Air Force illustration by A1C Rachael Loftis)  Don't risk it, avoid being a driving statistic

0 7/23
Airmen are reminded to wear the proper protection while operating a bicycle in order to reduce risk of injury in case of an unexpected incident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012, 726 pedal cyclists were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured which accounted for two percent of all traffic fatalities during the year. It is important to stay alert and protect oneself from unforeseen incidents as bicycles on the roadway are by law, vehicles with the same rights, and responsibilities as motorized vehicles.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis) Be aware, be prepared

0 7/09
With the Fourth of July weekend right around the corner, many people are making plans to celebrate with their friends and families. While having fun is important, it is paramount to keep safety as the number one priority. The National Safety Council in Itasca, Ill. warns the combination of alcohol, fireworks and driving can be a recipe for disaster. The NSC goes so far as to give the Fourth of July the dubious honor as being “the most dangerous holiday of the year.” More information can be found at http://www.nsc.org/pages/home.aspx (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler) Be Safe this Fourth of July

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With the temperature rising, it is important to watch for and prevent heat-related illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat exhaustion signs include heavy sweating, weakness, fast or weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, fainting and cold, pale or clammy skin. If someone is experiencing these symptoms, move to a cooler area, lie down and loosen clothing, apply cool and wet cloths to the body, sip water, and seek medical attention if there is continuous vomiting. Heat stroke signs include high body temperature, hot, red, dry, or moist skin, rapid strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If someone is experiencing a heat stroke, immediately call 911, move the person to a cooler environment, lower the person’s body temperature with cool cloths, and do NOT give fluids. When working outdoors, the CDC advises drinking two to four cups of water every hour while working. Avoid alcohol or liquids with large amounts of sugar, wear and reapply sunscreen, and spend time in air-conditioned buildings during breaks and after work. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler) Beat heat illness: Stay cool, hydrated

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There are many hazards associated with going on the road and traveling. It is important to remember basic safety tips for car travel such as wearing a seatbelt, getting enough rest before long stretches of travel and ensuring everything is properly packed or stowed. Each year 1.3 million people are killed and between 20 to 50 million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle deaths are the leading cause of death among healthy travelers. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler) Don’t leave anything behind

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The 99th Medical Support Squadron Pharmacy will be hosting a Drug Take Back Day April 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nellis Air Force Base Exchange. The pharmacy will accept any tablets, capsules, inhalers, topical ointments, eye drops, liquids and over the counter medication; but will not accept any syringes or sharp items (needles, insulin vials and sharps containers) for safety precautions. Proper disposal of medication reduces the chances of a family member or friend abusing medication, or a person misdiagnosing themselves or others and taking an incorrect medication which could lead to accidental poisoning and even death. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter) 99th Medical Support Squadron Pharmacy hosts Drug Take Back Day

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Demarcus Oliver, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, inspects and ties rope around a BAK-12 aircraft arresting barrier on the flightline March 12, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Rope is used to keep the barrier in place for aircraft landings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam) Catch lines save lives
The 99th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighters changed BAK-12 aircraft arresting barriers March 13 as part of routine maintenance on the flightline at Nellis AFB.With the BAK-12 aircraft arresting system there is no option for failure. Four BAK-12 aircraft arresting barriers span the entire width of the runways and are located in the
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