Safety - It's personal: Critical Days of Summer kick-off May 25

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Safety - It's personal: Critical Days of Summer kick-off May 25

by: by Senior Airman Brigitte N. Brantley | .
8th Fighter Wing PAO | .
published: May 24, 2012

5/16/2012 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Since 2002, the Air Force has experienced 218 fatalities during the Critical Days of Summer, 201 off-duty and 17 on-duty.
According to the Air Force Safety Center, the 2012 CDoS safety campaign's purpose is to prevent the loss and injury of Airmen during the summer. The loss of even one Airman is too many.

The vision for this year's campaign, which takes place from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, is to have zero preventable fatal mishaps and an injury-free summer.

"Being safe is the best way to have a good summer," said Tech. Sgt. Ryan Armour, 8th Fighter Wing ground safety technician. "If you make a bad decision the first week of summer and you're lying around with a broken leg for three months, you don't get much of a summer at all."

According to Armour, when it comes to safety, common sense and a 'gut instinct' should never be an afterthought, but a serious part of the planning process.

"After an incident, how often do you hear people say, 'I just knew something bad was going to happen'?" he said. "The moment you get a feeling that something bad might happen, stop and think about it.

"Watching out for each other is the easiest way to prevent anything from happening, especially when people get that liquid courage and don't make the best decisions."

Each week throughout the summer, will feature information about the following topics:


  • May 25- Wingmen: It's personal, take care of each other
  • June 1- Sober is safer: Thinking then drinking
  • June 8- Four-wheel private motor vehicles: Slow down, pay attention
  • June 15- All-terrain vehicles
  • June 22- Trip planning
  • June 29- Celebrate the 4th: Live to see the 5th
  • July 6- Ride smart: Motorcycles
  • July 13- Ride smart: Bicycles
  • July 20- Enjoy the great outdoors safely
  • July 27- Barbeque safety tips
  • Aug. 3- Beat the summer heat
  • Aug. 10- Summer weather
  • Aug. 17- Sports and 'Rec,' not 'wreck'
  • Aug. 24- Water safety: Have fun, be safe
  • Aug. 31- Countering fatigue

According to the AFSC, Airmen should realize that safety is personal for them, their families, friends and co-workers. So this summer, remember: Safety - It's personal.

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