Health & Safety

August 23, 2012

UXOs are potential hidden hazard

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Army safety officials want everyone to know about, and especially for parents to teach children about, the dangers of unexploded ordinance and about off-limits areas on their installation.

Unexploded ordnance includes munitions that have been fired but failed to function properly — a “dud.”

For some children, the lure of unexploded ordnance is difficult to resist. Unexploded ordnance is interesting in color and may be tempting for children.

Fort Huachuca safety officials protect Soldiers, Family members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and others working on or visiting the installation by posting large signs that mark the dangerous areas on the installation. The majority of UXOs are found in training areas or along buffers of impact areas. Those who see something unusual laying on the ground:

  • Don’t touch it; Recognize it
  • Leave the area the same way you entered; Retreat
  • Mark the area and call range control; Report It

Remember the three Rs — Recognize, Retreat and Report.

Those who find unexploded ordnance should call Range Control between 5:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 533.7093. Outside of duty hours, call 911.

For more information on what unexploded ordnance looks like and more about the 3Rs, go to the Department of Defense Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange, UXO Safety Home Page: https://www.denix.osd.mil/uxo/index.cfm.




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