Thursday, December 6, 2012

COMMENTARY>>Air Force launches holiday safety campaign

It official…the 2012 Holiday Season is upon us. Traditionally, many of us decorate our homes, cook turkeys in a number of new and different ways and hit the roads to get home for the holidays.

Statistically speaking, the holidays can be a very dangerous time of year as well. While we as an Air Force were fortunate to have had no fatalities during fiscal years 10 and 11 between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, last year there were six. Four were between Thanksgiving and Christmas and two between Christmas and New Year’s.

The Air Force recently launched the 2012 Holiday/Winter Safety Campaign entitled “Safe-n-Sound, All Year Round” focusing on seven modules with three optional modules. The campaign began Nov. 16 and runs through Jan. 2, 2013. It was developed to ensure information and seasonal safety tips are made available to the Air Force community.

Team Little Rock has not had a holiday season mishap since 1999. We’d definitely like to continue that trend. In order to help manage the risks out there, the safety team here at The Rock has made all of the Air Force Safety material available to leadership and safety professionals on the 19th Airlift Wing Safety Community of Practice at

The holidays are a time for extra vigilance on the roads, extra attention to trip planning and preparation, and attention to detail when hanging those holiday lights in high places. Armed with the information provided in this campaign plan, supervisors have more resources at their fingertips as we continue to move forward in a quest for zero mishaps.

Happy Holidays from the Team Little Rock Safety Team.

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