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Christmas Tree Safety

Posted December 6, 2012 by National Fire Protection Association

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Picking the tree: Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Placing the tree: Before placing the tree in the stand, cut two inches…

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Holiday depression help

Posted December 6, 2012 by Serina Viers

As the holidays approach, people generally look forward to spending time with family and friends, taking a few days off of work, and just enjoying the season. Unfortunately for some Service Members and their Families, the holiday season is nothing more than a reminder of how they will miss these very opportunities. Distance from extended…

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Poly-pharmacy: A shared responsibility in medication safety

Posted November 29, 2012 by Fort Irwin WACH Pharmacy Services

When a patient receives four or more medications that include one or more psychotropic medications and/or central nervous system depressants, within a 30-day period they meet the definition of poly-pharmacy......

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Safety Tip of the Week

Posted November 29, 2012 by

The Winter Safety Campaign Web page has been updated with some really great safe practices on towing a trailer. Go to http://goo.gl/q63EM. Many Soldiers and Families tow their travel trailers and toys to their holiday destination of choice, but there’re safety checks that should be considered before heading out on the road. If your travel…

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Fort Irwin Middle School hand-grenade simulator incident update

Posted November 29, 2012 by Staff Judge Advocate’s Office NTC and Fort Irwin

A senior non-commissioned officer received a Field Grade Article 15 and adverse administrative action for improperly storing explosive simulators at his home, following an investigation stemming from hand grenade simulators being found at Fort Irwin Middle School in September. National Training Center Policy Letter #13, Prohibited Items and Activities, makes it illegal for Soldiers to…

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Today is the great American Smokeout

Posted November 15, 2012 by Kimberly Beetle

In the months approaching 2013 we begin to contemplate the New Year and determine what we will choose as our resolution to better ourselves. Many Americans will pledge to lose weight, get a better job, and learn a new skill, yet how many will make the life changing decision to quit smoking? Great news! There’s…

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Safety Tip of the Week

Posted November 15, 2012 by

Cold weather often inspires people to use space heaters to take the chill out of the air. Heating fires are the second leading cause of all residential fires following cooking. The overwhelming majority of space heater accidents are the result of improper use, failure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, or incomplete knowledge of basic space…

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Making use of technology for our children’s safety

Posted November 8, 2012 by Public Affairs Office and Directorate of Emergency Services NTC and Fort Irwin

The Department of Justice reported that nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year. That’s more than 2000 children per day. The faster the word gets out through law enforcement and media alerts, the more likely a missing child will be found safely. “National Center for Missing & Exploited Children urges parents or guardians to…

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Easy, rider

Posted November 1, 2012 by Safety Office NTC and Fort Irwin

Army-wide, motorcycle accidents contribute to Soldier fatalities and serious injuries during off-duty hours. Recent accident trends suggest excessive speed, reckless operation and operator inexperience as the most common reasons. Training, leader involvement, enforcement of standards, Soldier mentorship, in conjunction with the integration of composite risk management, can assist in mitigating ongoing issues with motorcycle operations….

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Lifestyle changes part of overall plan to prevent breast cancer

Posted October 25, 2012 by Lt. Col. Crystal House

Although more and more people are becoming aware of the fact that breast cancer is a significant concern for females across the population, many fail to realize the role lifestyle plays in its prevention and management. Recent evidence supports the link between obesity and breast cancer risk. Thus, controlling one’s weight would also contribute to…

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