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Critical Days of Summer wraps up

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Historically, the Air Force suffers an increase in mishaps during the summer months. It isunfortunate, but nonetheless predictable. There is an increase in activity during the summer months and an increase to the exposures of risks associated with these activities.

This period falls between Memorial Day and Labor Day and has been coined the Critical Days of Summer. The goal is to reduce the potential for mishaps by approaching these activities using common sense.

In the safety world, the term is RM, short for risk management. Common sense is great, but RM takes it a step further.  By performing RM you are effectively decreasing the potential for a mishap.  The 50th Space Wing Safety office came up with the Critical Days of Summer Safety Challenge to get units and their individuals involved by emphasizing participation during the summer campaign.  The 50th Force Support Squadron embraced the Safety Challenge and won with a total of 310 points. Their outreach increased the overall reach of the campaign while reducing Schriever's mishaps during this period.

Schriever Air Force Base wasn't the only base to a see a decrease in deaths and incidents during this year's Critical Days of Summer. In accordance with the Air Force Safety Database, the Air Force lost three less Airmen than it did in 2013.  This year, we had 21 fatalities compared to last year's 24 fatalities. Of the 21 fatalities this year, six involved were four wheeled private motor vehicles, three were two-wheeled private motor vehicles, seven occurred during sports and recreational activities, two were four-wheeled government motor vehicles, two were pedestrians hit by motor vehicles and one was non-vehicular related.
 
This year, the base saw no deaths and had eight incidents resulting in lost time. Of the eight incidents this year, four occured during sports and recreational activities; two were during industrial activities; one non-vehicular related and one four-wheeled motor vehicle incident.  There aren't any more deaths or incidents during the Critical Days of Summer than we usually see any other time during the year.   The 50 SW Safety office focused on keeping Airmen safe and alive by highlighting personal risk management while participating in summer activities.
 
Remember, always keep your guard up and watch out for your wingmen. We have made it through the summer with very few safety mishaps, and now is a great time to start thinking about fall and winter season hazards - hunting, Halloween safety, winter driving, etc.  In the coming months you will see more information on all of this, but it is never too early to start planning.
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