Sports, recreation and back to school|
Posted 8/21/2012 Updated 8/21/2012
by Tech. Sgt. James Fountain
17th Training Wing Safety
8/21/2012 - GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Ever wonder why you may be asked to fill out an Air Education and Training Command Form 410, High Risk Activity Worksheet?
It is not designed to take 15 minutes out of the day to fill out a form. The process is in place to ensure that all personnel, with emphasis on the higher risk 18-26 year olds, are thinking through the risk management process to avoid having a mishap and placing them on the disabled list. Do you have the right training, personal protective equipment and resources to do the desired task safely?
So, you play basketball often, that doesn't require any paperwork. True, but the personal risk management should still be considered when participating in any sport. Are you dehydrated? Did you stretch? Do you have the right shoes on for the sport being played? Do you have the energy to go a full game? These are just some of the questions that should be asked. Additionally, recreational activities should be just that; recreational. If you take the game too seriously, you may play a bit too aggressively and creating the perfect mishap opportunity for yourself or another player. Keep it fun!
Okay, you made it through the game alive, but don't ignore the other warning signs. If you have some joint pains, swelling, numbness and tingling, then it is most likely time to take a rest. If there are continual residual effects on your body, go see your medical provider for more assistance. Play to have fun and have fun playing! Even professional organizations like the NFL are getting heavily involved in safety throughout the country.
Back to School
Lessons learned have taught our society so many things. The steps we try and take now to keep people safe is what some may call coddling, but it is to better their lives in the long run. Wouldn't you do it for your kids? It is the time of year that the children head back to school and here are some tips for you to consider prior to sending them out the door to class:
· Is the backpack wide? Does it have padded shoulder straps? Does it have a padded back? Two straps save on muscle strain.
· Pack the backpack light and organize it as evenly as possible with heavier items in the center.
· If the weight is unavoidable, there are backpacks that have rollers or wheels.
Walking to school or bus stop
· Waiting for bus while it's still dark? Bright color shirts or reflective items are recommended.
· Considerations; Sidewalks? Crossing guards? Other children? Parents present? High traffic?
· Are there concerns about the area around the bus stop? Voice your concerns.
· As a motorist, be extra cautious during the time when children are expected to be present.
· Anticipate stopping (quickly if needed) at all times and allow extra time for your travels.
· Teen driving? Discuss seatbelt requirements, cell phone dangers, and passenger distractions.
Current prohibitions on wireless communication devices:
· Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using wireless communication devices.
· Learners permit holders are prohibited from using handheld cell phones in the first six months of driving.
· School bus operators are prohibited from using cell phones while driving if children are present.
· Drivers are prohibited from using handheld devices in school crossing zones.
This list is not all-inclusive and more of a quick reminder of things to consider for your child's safety.
For more information, see your Unit Safety Representative or call (325) 654-3895.