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101 Critical Days of Summer campaign comes to a close

Posted 8/26/2011   Updated 8/26/2011 Email story   Print story


by Anthony Wilson
99th Air Base Wing Safety Office

8/26/2011 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The end of the Labor Day weekend marks the conclusion of the 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign for the year 2011.

The 99th Air Base Wing Safety Office congratulates Nellis community members for being safe and taking care of each other this summer. Everyone's combined actions led to a 35 percent decrease in overall ground mishaps and no lives lost.

With that said, it is important to remember that being safe is a year-round responsibility.

The Labor Day weekend is typically one of the most dangerous periods of the year for Air Force members and families who want to squeeze in one last recreational outing before autumn begins. To help keep everyone safe and healthy, the 99 ABW Safety Office suggests abiding by the following tips while having fun over the holiday.

On road trips:
-Get plenty of rest before leaving and schedule enough time to get to your destination without speeding.
-Take regular rest stops along the way to avoid fatigue and remain alert.
-Ensure your vehicle is in good repair and properly serviced before departure.
-Always wear a seat belt.
-Keep your family members, supervisor, or wingman aware of your travel plans and estimated arrival.
-Avoid distractions such as excessive talking, loud music or texting while driving.
-Do not drink and drive while operating any vehicle. This also includes passengers.
-Motorcyclists must ride according to their limitations, their motorcycles and their safety gear.

In the great outdoors:
-Do not take unnecessary risks when enjoying outdoor activities.
-Take all safety precautions when boating, motorcycling, swimming and using all-terrain vehicles.
-Remember to always use proper personal protective equipment.

Although the 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign is ending, its spirit should continue throughout the year. As autumn nears, please remember children are back in school. Slow down, obey the posted speed limits for school zones, and watch for children crossing the street with or without crossing guards.

As always, continue to look out for one another and actively consider risks and how to reduce them. The focus on safety must never stop.

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