Grissom ARB wishes everyone a safe, eventful Fourth of July

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  • By Senior Airman Chris Massey
  • 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

With the Fourth of July and warmer weather upon us, it’s important to keep safety in mind during outdoor activities especially when alcohol may be involved.

“We work hard at Grissom and we play hard too, but we want to make sure we are smart about it,” said Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander. “We need each member to get our mission done, so I want everyone to be safe”

If consuming alcohol, please do so moderately and follow the tips below to cut down on poor alcohol-influenced decisions.

-Have a plan/wingman

-Use a designated driver

-Avoid drinking games

-Alternate alcohol and water

-Know your limit and pace yourself

-Never leave drinks unattended

According to AFRC, over the last five years, USAF sports and recreations activities mixed with alcohol have accounted for nine fatalities and one permanent disability.

The temperature and outdoor activities can also have risks.  Tips to reduce risks are listed below.

-Drink plenty of water

-Wear sunscreen

-Eat small, light meals before activities

-Be aware of burn and fire hazards around the grill

-Especially when hiking, never travel alone

-Keep children and pets away from lawnmowers

-Never give fireworks to children

“These tips are useful for all of us,” said Johnny Armes, 434th ARW occupational safety manager.  “If we go into any situation not being aware of the risks that are involved, it makes us very vulnerable to accidents and mishaps that could have otherwise been prevented.”

Using risk management and common sense can help keep everyone safe while still having fun.