Health & Safety

November 21, 2012

Keeping ‘Safe-n-Sound’ this holiday season

Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

In preparation for the winter months and upcoming holidays, the Air Force has begun this year’s Holiday Winter Safety campaign, the theme of which is Safe-n-Sound, All Year Round.

The campaign is slated to run from Nov. 16 through Jan. 2, 2013 and focuses on proper risk management during any and all activities this winter season.

“Safety is of the utmost importance for anyone, but especially for military members because it helps us sustain mission readiness,” said Tech Sgt. Kevin Armstrong, 355th Fighter Wing non-commission officer in charge of Ground Safety.

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season leaves many people stressed out and unfocused, which can increase their probability of making mistakes.

“The holiday season leads to so many mishaps because most people are doing activities they normally don’t do,” Armstrong said. “The unfamiliarity, coupled with all the distractions the season brings can lead to injuries while cooking, driving, and any number of seemingly safe activities.”

The colder weather also brings new sports activities, such as skiing or snowboarding.

“Individuals need to practice situational awareness while doing any activity,” Armstrong said.

In a letter to Airmen written at the start of the campaign, signed by Michael Donley, Secretary of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Chief Master Sgt. James Roy, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, leadership urged Airmen to be vigilant when it came to their safety and that of those around them.

“All Airmen, uniformed and civilian, have a responsibility to ensure a safe holiday for themselves, their fellow Airmen, their wingmen, and their families by being alert to safety risks on-and-off-duty,” the letter reads. “We urge you to use common sense and keep your focus on risk management as we strive to enjoy a mishap-free season.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer)

Dietary Supplements: Safety still an issue

SAN ANTONIO — Being a Servicemember is as physically demanding, at times, as being a professional athlete. As a result, Servicemembers are especially conscious of physical training requirements and the need to remain fit and ...
 
 

Suicide prevention more than a month-long campaign

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — All Airmen have a responsibility that lasts much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone’s 24/7,...
 
 

Suicide prevention takes courage, communication, official says

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said Aug. 21. Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel...
 

 

Tobacco use harms military readiness, official says

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and...
 
 

Your benefits: TRICARE standards and access to care

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) needs to be seen within 24 hours, an appointment will be made...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

Preventative healthcare: Key to overall wellness

Preventing an illness before it even arises is one of the surest ways Airmen can maintain their health. These preventative measures range from receiving vaccinations, physicals and cancer screenings, to maintaining healthy eati...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin