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Critical Days of Summer

The 2014 Critical Days of Summer, May 23 - Sept. 2, focuses on risk management for all summer activities – on and off duty. This year’s theme, Risk: Double checks, not second thoughts, reminds you to be responsible Wingmen and to take care of yourselves, your families, and your teammates.
 
Last year’s Critical Days of Summer ended with the loss of 21 Airmen. There have already been 27 fatalities as of May 15 this fiscal year. According to Bill Parsons, Air Force chief of ground safety, every Airman has a role in reversing that trend with a summer of zero fatalities. “We can achieve that goal by using all the risk management techniques available, including activity planning and being responsible wingmen,” Parsons said.  Alcohol, which is a large part of many summer pastimes, impairs decision-making and is a factor in too many of these tragedies. Other significant factors include speed, distractions, and fatigue, he said.
 
“Each Airman is critical to our mission,” Parsons said. “As you plan your summer activities, use the same risk management skills you apply on the job to ensure a safe return and assure mission success.”
  
Below are the topics we are highlighting in the 2014 CDS. With everyone’s safety foremost during all our activities this summer, let’s show our dedication to the Air Force core values through our safety choices.

 
Chapter 1: Wild Hogs

Chapter 1: Wild Hogs

Posted by Admin on May 19, 2014
Determine if your motorcycle and you are road-ready before riding a motorcycle!
Chapter 2: Iron Man

Chapter 2: Iron Man

Posted by Admin on May 20, 2014
Here are some injury prevention techniques to use when participating in a variety of sports.
Chapter 3: National Lampoon's Vacation

Chapter 3: National Lampoon's Vacation

Posted by Admin on May 20, 2014
Let's discuss the planning steps and potential hazards associated with taking a summer vacation!
Chapter 4: Zero Tolerance

Chapter 4: Zero Tolerance

Posted by Admin on May 20, 2014
Learn what precautions need to be taken to be responsible when drinking alcohol.
Chapter 5: Some Like It Hot

Chapter 5: Some Like It Hot

Posted by Admin on May 20, 2014
We'll help you identify some methods of treating and or preventing heat illness and heat stroke.
Chapter 6: The Jerk

Chapter 6: The Jerk

Posted by Admin on May 22, 2014
Many people look forward to using fireworks over the 4th of July. Read this article to make sure you're working with them safely.
Chapter 7: On the Waterfront

Chapter 7: On the Waterfront

Posted by Admin on May 22, 2014
This article discusses tips to be safe when boating, jet skiing or water skiing.
Chapter 8: American Flyers

Chapter 8: American Flyers

Posted by Admin on May 22, 2014
Let's review the rules of the road when riding a bike.
Chapter 9: The River Wild

Chapter 9: The River Wild

Posted by Admin on May 22, 2014
Read this article to identify areas of concern when swimming.
Chapter 10: Traffic

Chapter 10: Traffic

Posted by Admin on May 22, 2014
Check out these tips and tools to be aware of when driving a vehicle.
Chapter 11: In the Line of Fire

Chapter 11: In the Line of Fire

Posted by Admin on Jul 11, 2014
Here are a few things to think about when using a grill!
Chapter 12: The Big Sleep

Chapter 12: The Big Sleep

Posted by Admin on Jul 11, 2014
Learn how to combat fatigue during the summer time.
Chapter 13: Singin' in the Rain

Chapter 13: Singin' in the Rain

Posted by Admin on Jul 11, 2014
This article contains some necessary steps and precautions to take to prepare for bad weather (tornado, lightening, flood, etc).
Chapter 14: The World's Greatest Athlete

Chapter 14: The World's Greatest Athlete

Posted by Admin on Jul 11, 2014
Determine the preparation needed prior to and while engaging in sports activities.
Chapter 15: One Foot in Heaven

Chapter 15: One Foot in Heaven

Posted by Admin on Jul 11, 2014
Review these safety tips to employ while traveling over the Labor Day weekend.
Chapter 16: The Hangover

Chapter 16: The Hangover

Posted by Admin on Jul 11, 2014
Learn to enjoy alcohol responsibly and avoid binge drinking for the safety of yourself and others.
The 2014 Critical Days of Summer materials are brought to you by the Air Force Safety Center and the Air Force Reserve Wingman Toolkit. Always follow any specific guidance put out by HQ AF and HQ AFRC. If you have feedback, questions or concerns we’d like to hear from you. Please contact us.
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