June’s Military Family Newsletter: Summer Safety

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Summer has arrived! My boys are all out of school. My husband is home from Iraq and still working on getting back into routine. Our pool has been setup. Our garden is coming into full bloom & we have enjoyed some fresh peas & cucumbers already. We have enjoyed “Frontier League” baseball games & T-Ball games. I’m attempting to get organized for a garage sale next week. The kids are giddy with excitement over a family-vacation planned for the end of July. Summer Vacation plans are in the works! Nothing screams SUMMER like our house right now.

Do you have big plans? or little plans. A Vacation or a Stay-Cation in the back of your mind? We certainly don’t emulate the ‘lazy days of summer’. We are taking on summer-full force! I hope that you are enjoying this change of season and taking what life throws your way with gusto and smiles and tenacity.

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Summer Time Safety for the Military Family

Summer is really here and with it comes those outdoor activities we all love to participate in and enjoy to the maximum! Because of their youth and nature, I think military personnel and their families tend to do adventurous activities. The kind that keep you young and give you an exuberance for life! However, they also tend to be the type of activity that can lead to injury or even death in some instances! So, I’d like to share a few tips on how to avoid some of those injuries (not foolproof but they never are). Some of these are based on training I received on active duty and some are personal experiences that I still shake my head at and thank the guardian angels around my family!

First, if you are going to go to an amusement park, baseball game or airshow be sure to stay hydrated and use plenty of sunscreen. A big meal is taboo as well since they tend to make it easier to get rundown (and nauseous on the roller coasters we all love to ride)! Carry in water if allowed and have plenty of it. A couple of quarts a day per individual is not too much! Beer is not a substitute for water! Read more on that below. Also, after 8-10 hours in the sun you will wish you had put on the sun screen as many of us forget it unless we are heading to the beach!


What’s Hot on
Popular Articles during the last month

Joint Summer Safety Campaign Aims to Reduce Off-duty Deaths

By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service

As Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates pushes to get deployed troops whatever they need to succeed and return home safely, the services are gearing up campaigns to reduce deaths at home during the summer vacation season that kicks off today. The period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day typically sees a big spike in vehicle and recreational accidents, Defense Department safety officials note. People tend to spend more time outside enjoying off-duty activities, and they travel more. The unfortunate result is that accident rates increase, too.

Last year, 115 servicemembers died in off-duty accidents during the so-called “101 Critical Days of Summer.” (Continued)

Related Sites:
Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center
Navy Safety Center
Air Force Safety Center

Marine Corps Safety Division

Barbecue cookouts – an integral part of summer

by 21st Space Wing Safety Office, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Cooking outdoors – in parks, campgrounds and back yards – is an enjoyable summer pastime. Yet while barbecues provide a fun and casual dining experience, they also provide the ideal conditions for a costly mishap. Barbecue grills appear to be harmless, but misuse and carelessness result in thousands of terrible injuries each year.

While we are anxious to fire up the grill for the first cookout of spring, it’s important to remember a few safety tips. (Continued)

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Off-road vehicle safety

by Chuck Cypher, 1st Space Wing Safety Office, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Recreational use of off-road vehicles has gained widespread popularity during the past several years. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, an estimated 3.2 million off-road vehicles are in use today.

Estimates from the Consumer Products Safety Commission report up to 90,000 ATV-related injuries per year and 120 deaths are related to off-road vehicle mishaps. (Continued)’s June 2009 Featured Reward

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Camping safety

by Ron Burrell, 21st Space Wing Safety Office, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Summer is a great time to take some much-deserved time off and head to the mountains, the lake or wherever you and your family like to go and get away, relax and spend some time together.

One such outing that comes to mind is a family hiking or camping trip.

A family camping trip can be an enjoyable experience with a little preparation. (Continued)

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The reality is this – if you haven’t refinanced your home and you are sitting at a 6.5% or higher, then you have to decide now if you’re going to refinance, and you need to do it quickly.

There’s a few questions to ask yourself before you jump into refinancing, because you are going to add some principal back onto your loan, so is that worth it to you? (Continued)

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