NEWS | May 26, 2017

Summer safety campaign implores Airmen to Say Something

By Senior Airman Thomas T. Charlton Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The Critical Days of Summer campaign kicks off Memorial Day weekend raising awareness to common summer safety issues.

“From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, a lot of military members and their friends and families start going out more doing things like barbecuing and boating, but usually get comfortable with what’s familiar to them and start to skip necessary safety precautions before doing their activities,” said Glenda Middleton, Joint Base Charleston occupational safety manager.

This year, the Air Mobility Command’s theme is Say Something, encouraging Airmen to speak up if they see people engaging in hazardous activities.

“If something doesn’t look right, say something to help prevent someone from possibly injuring themselves or others around them,” said Staff Sgt. Adam Perry, 628th Air Base Wing occupational safety specialist. “A big way to help reduce risk personally is by knowing your limits for everything you do. Safety is all about knowledge and preparation.”

The Critical Days of Summer will be discussed at the 628th Air Base Wing Commander’s Call June 2. In addition to the commander’s call, each unit’s safety representative has been given the materials to spread awareness about summer safety.

“Unit safety representatives will hold briefings and provide information to extend our reach,” said Perry. “Giving these to the individuals in each unit can greatly reduce the risk factors to their off-duty activities.”

The Joint Base Charleston Occupational Safety office staff will be setting up table tents at the dining facilities and having messages displayed on the base marquees. Additionally, JB Charleston Air Base and Weapons Station Exchange employees will be handing out fliers. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be hosting two boating safety classes here.

“Everyone needs to realize safety matters because anything you do without preparation or prior research can be dangerous,” said Perry. “We do all we can to help make your activities safer so you and your family and friends stay as safe as possible.”

For more information, call the Joint Base Charleston Occupational Safety office at 843-963-5598.