25 May 2012
A Safety Message from the Commander

Garrison Commander Allan Darden

As we approach the long awaited Memorial Day Weekend we find ourselves starting to plan and prepare for cookouts, pool parties, and relaxing in the sun. It is important that we remember to practice safe habits for an enjoyable time, free of accidents and injuries with family and friends.

When we grill out and prepare foods for cookouts be sure to thoroughly cook all meats to avoid food poisoning.  Refrigerate all perishable food within 2 hours and within 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90 degrees.

After you finish grilling and you want to clean up it is important to clean all grills of any grease or dust.  Check the tubes leading into the burner for any blockages from insects or food grease that can cause an uncontrolled fire.

Who doesn’t like to go swimming in the summer? To prevent drowning or other pool injuries, avoid alcohol when swimming or boating.  Whenever you are on a boat always wear a lifejacket.  Make sure young children are supervised at all times when you are near any body of water, whether it be a pool, a hot tub or at the beach.

Make sure to follow these other safety tips for a fun, safe summer!

    Sun Safety — protect against sunburn and heat stroke by wearing sunscreen and drinking plenty of water. 

Travel Safety — wear your seatbelt at all times.  Do not drink and drive or travel with anyone who has consumed any alcoholic beverages. ·    

Pool Safety

1. Make sure adults are trained in life-saving techniques and CPR so they can rescue an individual, if necessary.

 2. Surround your pool on all four sides with a sturdy five-foot tall fence.

3. Make sure the gates self-close and self-latch at a height children cannot reach.

4. Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd's hook -- a long pole with a hook on the end and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool.

 5. Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as "floaties."  They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children a false sense of security.

6. Children are not developmentally ready for swim lessons until after their fourth birthday.  Swim programs for children under four should not be seen as a way to decrease the risk of drowning.

7. Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water an adult should be within arm's length, providing "touch supervision."

As we start to truly enjoy this weather and the activities that come along with it, stay alert and aware of your surroundings and those in your company. One Team, One Mission!

Posted by PAO

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