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COMMUNITY CORNER – Days of summer demand effort toward safety

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | June 08, 2017

     One of the most dangerous times for off-duty accidents is the “critical days of summer” between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is the period we should put in a little extra effort to keep ourselves, our families, buddies and pets safe.

     If there’s one thing that’s true about Kansas summers — heat happens. While it makes for great conditions for outdoor fun, it’s also a time to remember some basic safety concerns. Here are a few reminders on how to do that:

  1. When spending time outside, protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

  2. While grilling, always follow the grill manufacturer’s instructions and proper food safety procedures.

  3. Summertime brings out the bikes. Remember to wear a helmet and follow safety rules, whether you’re on a motorized or pedal-powered bike.

  4. Independence Day celebrations and outdoor parties are fun, when enjoyed safely. Drink alcoholic beverages responsibly and never let anyone drink then drive.

  5. Know the signs of heat-related distress for people and pets. The inside of your car — even with the windows cracked – can reach unsafe temperatures. Children and pets die each year from being left in vehicles. Visit www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/pets-in-vehicles.aspx for a visual representation of how hot a car’s interior can get in a short amount of time.

  6. Drink cool water and dress appropriately for the activities you’re enjoying.

     

         Every Soldier, civilian and family member contributes to the success of our organization at Fort Riley — enjoy the summer safely so we can continue the outstanding work we do day in and day out for the Army.

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