JBLM Summer Safety Campaign

24 May - 03 September

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Summer - the warmest of the four temperate seasons, between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, culture, and tradition, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

The summer season can often be one of the most hazardous due to increased activity in sports, recreation and general outdoor activities. Increased activity most certainly means increased injury because we tend to forget how to avoid or protect ourselves from hazardous events or operations.

Now is the time to take the opportunity to reorient ourselves to safe working and recreational environments. The Summer Safety Campaign  runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day and is intended to remind us that we can't afford to lose focus on safety while either on- or off-duty.  Family barbeques, swimming, fishing, softball, hiking, boating, skiing, and camping are just some of the activities we like to engage in during the summer.  The prolonged hours of daylight encourages us to pack as many of our favorite pastimes into our day as possible and more activities means more potential for accidents. The success of our summer safety program is dependent upon the active involvement and commitment of the entire chain of command.

While we enjoy these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, often we fail to recognize the risks associated with our favorite off-duty activities.  Many of us tend to engage in risky activities that take us to the ‘edge’. What might begin as a day of fun in the sun may end up with a trip to the emergency room or worse. Composite Risk Management is one tool Soldiers and civilians can use to protect themselves both on- and off-duty. There is no better time than now for commanders and supervisors at all levels to stress the use of CRM to help protect members of our military and civilian teams.  This can be accomplished by focusing their planning and by individuals maintaining awareness as they enjoy the summer. Summertime should be spent having fun with friends and family, but let's do it safely.

Safety Program Links:
DODI 6055.1 AR 385-10 AFI 91-203 OPNAVINST 5100.23G MCO 5100.29B
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