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.


 
 

 

The new fight: Writing cyber into the science of war

Every year, the Aspen Security Forum brings together the top minds in defense, intelligence and homeland security. This year, more than ever, the conversation is turning to cybersecurity – protecting computer networks and everything attached to them. Cyber is constantly changing the way conflicts and combat unfold. Here, former U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William Leigher offers insights...
 
 

TRICARE now provides breast pumps, lactation counseling

Mothers that choose to breast feed their infants might be surprised to learn that TRICARE updated its coverage to include breast pumps and supplies as of July 1. TRICARE can aid expecting Desert Lightning Team mothers through the process to obtain a breast pump and supplies. There are multiple methods to receive a pump or...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse)

Airmen to keep focus on safety at home

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Airmen are constantly trained to be safe in everything while at work, but how safe are we when we arrive home? According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 93,200 unintentional i...
 

 

Mental health: To go or not to go

  CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) The clinic buildings themselves aren’t scary, but add the words ‘mental health,’ and most people will avoid them like they contain tigers on the loose. That’s...
 
 

PT exemptions for new AF mothers to increase

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The six-month deferment for female Airmen to accomplish their fitness assessments following childbirth will be increased to 12 months to align with recent changes to the deployment deferments, Air Force officials announced July 14. The deployment deferment policy, as part of the Air Force’s 2015 Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, increases the deferment...
 
 

Keeping Airmen healthy and informed through Operation Supplement Safety

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — For peak performance, Airmen should eat healthy and exercise regularly. But in the quest to gain an “edge,” many Airmen resort to dietary supplements. Enter Operation Supplement Safety, or OPSS. This Defense Department educational campaign, accessible at www.hprc-online.org/opss, educates the warfighter and healthcare provider on responsible dietary supplement us...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>