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Title: Autumn Safety

Its Autumn!
  • How do we love Autumn? Let us count the ways 
  • the break from summer's heat and humidity
  • the brilliant reds, golds, and oranges of fall
  • the taste of hot pumpkin pie and apple cider
  • the crisp bite of an autumn wind
  • the sight of school buses picking up children
  • the start of the football season
  • the laughter of trick-or-treaters

  • Along with these simple pleasures associated with
    Autumn, we all should review
  • School Bus Safety
  • Safe Driving Tips
  • Tips For Preparing Our Homes For Cooler Weather
  • Prevention Of Sports Injuries
  • Columbus Day Safety
  • Halloween Safety
  • Daylight Saving Time Safety Tips
  • Veterans Day Safety
  • Thanksgiving Safety
  • Safety Resources
  • Safety Brief Topics

School Bus Safety
  • On undivided roads and highways, the general rule
    is that if you are approaching a school bus that
    has stopped in the road, STOP!
  • No matter which direction you are approaching the
    bus from, you MUST stop until at least one or
    more of the following things have occurred
  • The school bus resumes motion orYou are
    signaled by the school bus driver to proceed
    orThe visual signal used by the bus (usually
    blinking lights) is turned off.
  • This rule applies to all roads that do not have
    driving medians or barriers. The rule applies to
    roads with turning lanes (these are not
    considered to be medians or barriers), and the
    rule applies no matter how many lanes the road has

School Bus Safety
  • The general rule for divided roads is slightly
  • Remember, a turning lane does not make the road a
    divided road
  • A divided road is one that has a barrier or
  • On a divided road or highway, only traffic going
    in the same direction as the bus is required to
    stop, but all lanes going in the same direction
    as the bus must still stop

  • During your morning and afternoon commutes
  • Be on the look out for children who may stray
    into traffic while waiting for and when getting
    on and off of the school bus
  • Be aware of school zones and follow posted speed
  • Respect and obey school crossing guards
  • Watch for pedestrians when picking up and
    dropping children off at the school parking lot
  • Use your headlights during limited visibility,
    even with Daylight Saving Time we will lose more
    daylight as time goes on

  • If youre planning on driving outside the local
    area, make sure you complete your Pre-Trip Risk
    Assessment using TRiPS
  • All Soldiers going on Leave, Pass, TDY or PCS
  • All DA Civilians going TDY or PCS
  • Access TRiPS through the Combat Readiness/Safety
    Center website

  • Animal/Vehicle Collisions
  • During deer season, which runs from October
    through December, there can be dramatic movements
    in the deer population with a significant number
    of deer darting onto roadways
  • Over this time period, more deer-vehicle
    collisions occur than any other time of year, so
    drivers need to be especially cautious

  • Animal/Vehicle Collisions
  • Be attentive from sunset to midnight and hours
    shortly before and after sunrise
  • These are the highest risk periods for
    deer-vehicle collisions to occur
  • Drive with caution when moving through
    deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a
    large deer population and in areas where roads
    divide agricultural fields from forestland
  • Deer seldom run alone, if you see one deer,
    others may be nearby
  • When driving at night, use high beam headlights
    when there is no oncoming traffic
  • High-beams will better illuminate the eyes of
    deer on or near the roadway

  • Animal/Vehicle Collisions
  • Always wear your seatbelt
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near
    your path, but stay in your lane
  • Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to
    avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose
    control of their cars
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles,
    deer fences and reflectors to deter deer
  • These devices have not been proven to reduce
    deer-vehicle collisions
  • Deer-vehicle collisions can result in serious
  • People tend to underestimate how much damage
    collisions with animals can cause

  • Driving in Fog
  • Keep your minimum safety gap to three seconds in
    ideal conditions with the decreased visibility
    fog causes, this interval should be increased
  • Slow down! Most fog-related traffic fatalities
    occur because someone was driving too fast and
    couldn't stop in time to avoid a collision
  • Make sure that you can be seen
  • Turn on your fog lights, and use low beams
  • High beams direct light up into the fog making it
    difficult for you to see
  • Low beams direct light down onto the road and
    help other drivers to see you
  • Again, dont use high beams

  • Driving in Fog
  • If you leave the road, be sure to pull off
  • Turn off your driving lights and turn on your
    flashers so others know you're there but won't
    think you are driving on the road
  • Always use your defroster and windscreen wipers
    in foggy conditions to keep the windows clear
  • Keep an eye on your speedometer and maintain a
    slow, constant speed
  • Remember that other drivers have a limited sight
    distance and that fog can leave roadways slick
  • Signal early, and when you use your brakes, don't
    stomp on them

  • Traveling With Your Pets
  • Traveling with a pet involves more than just
    loading the animal in the back seat and motoring
    offespecially if you will be driving long
    distances or plan to be away for a long time
  • Keep your pets safe and secure in a
    well-ventilated crate or carrier
  • Never leave your animal alone in a parked
  • Don't allow your pet to ride with their head
    outside the window

  • Prepare your home for winter
  • Hire a professional to check your heating system,
    fireplace chimney, and/or wood-burning stove
  • Replace expired fire extinguishers in your
    kitchen, garage, and/or workshop
  • Test or replace smoke detector batteries and
    perform any manufacturer-recommended maintenance
    according to manufacturer directions
  • Check cords on all electrical equipment for
    cracks or damage

  • Mowing safety in the fall
  • Fallen leaves provide extra hiding places for
    tools, yard debris and toys
  • Ensure you check before you mow
  • Wear the right clothing, such as boots, hearing
    protection and eye protection
  • Piles of leaves can be tempting for children to
    play in
  • Its best to keep children and pets inside while
  • Fewer distractions mean better safety
  • Finally, never allow children to ride on or
    operate mowers - they are dangerous cutting tools
    that demand respect

  • Also
  • Insulate water pipes running through unheated
  • Check and repair caulking around doors and
  • Clean leaves and debris from gutters
  • Drain the gas and oil from your yard tools
  • Be sure to store gas cans safely away from
    sources of flames and sparks and out of the reach
    of children
  • Dont forget about insulating your water
    sprinkler system before the really cold weather
    gets here

  • Protective Equipment
  • Depending on the sport, wear safety gear such as
    knee and elbow pads, mouth guards, and eye
    protection, helmet shoulder, hip, tailbone, and
    knee pads thigh guards and a mouth guard with a
    keeper strap

  • Safety Tips
  • Warm up and stretch before playing
  • If playing on a grassy area and make sure that
    the area is free of holes and debris
  • Before beginning play, inspect outdoor courts to
    make sure the court is free of holes and debris,
    goal posts are padded, and tripping hazards are
    removed from boundary lines
  • Play safe. Dont pull a player down by the knees
    or by grabbing the facemask, use the top of the
    helmet to tackle, or tackle from behind, dont
    hold, block, push, trip, or charge opponents

Hunting Safety
  • 1. Watch that muzzle! Keep it pointed in a safe
    direction at all times.
  • 2. Treat every firearm with the respect due a
    loaded gun. It might be, even if you think it
  • 3. Be sure of the target and what is in front of
    it and beyond it. Know the identifying features
    of the game you hunt. Make sure you have an
    adequate backstopdont shoot at a flat, hard
    surface or water.
  • 4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard
    until ready to shoot. This is the best way to
    prevent an accidental discharge.
  • 5. Check your barrel and ammunition. Make sure
    the barrel and action are clear of obstructions,
    and carry only the proper ammunition for your

Hunting Safety
  • 6. Unload firearms when not in use. Leave
    actions open carry firearms in cases and
    unloaded to and from the shooting area.
  • 7. Point a firearm only at something you intend
    to shoot. Avoid all horseplay with a gun.
  • 8. Don't run, jump, or climb with a loaded
    firearm. Unload a firearm before you climb a
    fence or tree, or jump a ditch. Pull a firearm
    toward you by the butt, not the muzzle.
  • 9. Store firearms and ammunition separately and
    safely. Store each in secured locations beyond
    the reach of children and careless adults.
  • 10. Avoid alcoholic beverages before or during
    shooting. Also avoid mind- or behavior-altering
    medicines or drugs.

Columbus Day
  • Columbus Day is a very special day that has the
    same hazards you find on any other day of the
  • The following tips should help you
  • Dont drink and drive
  • If you do, plan ahead for a designated driver
  • Use common sense when planning and conducting
    your activities
  • Supervise your children during all activities
  • Leaders should be conducting POV inspections
    prior to the long weekend
  • Dont forget those safety briefs

  • Decorating
  • Clear all tripping hazards from porches, lawns,
    and sidewalks
  • Paint scary faces or designs on pumpkins instead
    of carving them
  • Use battery powered light sources to illuminate
    and show off your Jack-O-Lanterns

  • Costumes
  • Purchase costumes made of flame-retardant
  • Make sure costumes are bright enough to be seen
    at night, and attach reflector strips or light
    sticks to costumes to make children more visible
  • Prevent tripping by avoiding high-heeled or
    over-sized shoes, hats that slide over the eyes,
    and baggy or dangling costumes
  • Choose props that are made of flexible plastic
    that will bend if fallen on

  • Also
  • Use face paints instead of masks
  • If masks are worn, choose masks with eye holes
    big enough to see in front as well as
  • Choose unique costumes or attach names and
    addresses to costumes for easy identification

  • Trick or Treating
  • Have an adult accompany children under 12
  • Plan a safe route and set a curfew for older
  • Instruct children to stop only at familiar,
    well-lit houses and to stay on porches rather
    than going inside
  • Instruct children not to eat any treats until you
    have inspected them
  • Remind children to use flashlights, stay on
    sidewalks, cross streets only a corners, use
    crosswalks, and look left, right, and left again
    before crossing the street

  • Pets
  • Keep chocolate and candy wrappers out of your
    pets reach
  • Place your pets in a room with some food and
    water for the night to keep them from darting out
    through open doors and to protect them from
    exposure to lighted candles, loud noises, and
    lots of people
  • Be sure to check on them periodically
  • Dont cause your pets unnecessary stress or
    discomfort by dressing them in costumes unless
    they are extremely receptive to this type of thing

  • AND dont forget Click It Or Ticket!
  • 26-31 October 2008
  • Click It or Ticket is a statewide, high
    visibility, massive enforcement effort designed
    to detect violators of the Safety Belt and Child
    Safety seat laws in Texas
  • The program will be a statewide, high profile
    effort that will use a proven combination of
    highly visible enforcement and intense public

Daylight Saving Time
first Sunday in November
  • Twice a year, when Daylight Saving Time begins or
    ends, make it a habit to not only change your
    clocks, but do a few other semi-annual tasks that
    will improve safety in your home...
  • Check and replace smoke alarm batteries
  • Replace any smoke alarms older than ten years
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit for your house
    (water, food, flashlights, batteries, blankets)
  • Once you've created your home disaster kit, use
    the semi-annual time change to check its contents
    (including testing/replacing flashlight batteries)

Daylight Saving Time
first Sunday in November
  • Check home and outbuilding storage areas for
    hazardous materials
  • Discard (properly) any which are outdated, no
    longer used, or in poor condition
  • Move any which are within reach of kids or pets
  • Check and discard expired medications - those
    dates really DO have meaning
  • Some very common over-the-counter medications can
    cause serious problems due to change through aging

Daylight Saving Time
first Sunday in November
  • Winter is coming! In cold weather, even a very
    minor car problem or flat tire can be deadly
    serious, or at the very least, miserable to deal
    with, unless you're well prepared
  • Make a "winter car-emergency kit" now and put it
    your vehicle! (Don't know what to include? Do
    an Internet search for "car emergency kit" and
    you'll find lots of ideas!)
  • It's a good idea to carry a car-emergency kit in
    your car year-round, but be sure to add
    cold-weather gear to your general car-emergency
    kit each Fall
  • Having a separate duffle/gear bag clearly marked
    "Cold Gear" specifically for your cold weather
    emergency gear makes it easy to add or take out
    of the car, seasonally
  • Like a Boy Scout, "Be Prepared!

November Holidays
  • The Month of November has two great American
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Leaders/Supervisors, are you talking to your
    people about the hazards they face?
  • Are you conducting safety briefings?
  • Leaders should be conducting POV inspections
    prior to the long weekend
  • Dont forget to conduct your safety briefs

Veterans Day
  • Veterans Day is a very special day that has the
    same hazards you find on any other day of the
  • The following tips should help you
  • Dont drink and drive
  • If you do, plan ahead for a designated driver
  • Use common sense when planning and conducting
    your activities
  • Supervise your children during all activities

  • Thanksgiving usually involves lots of food and

We need to convince them to eat more chicken
  • Thanksgiving is upon us and with it comes the
    traditional turkey dinner
  • However, the improper storing, cooking, and
    serving of roast turkey can lead to the growth of
    harmful bacteria like salmonella, which can cause
    foodborne illness

  • The four basic food safety messages from USDA
  • Clean - Wash hands and surfaces often
  • Separate - Don't cross-contaminate. Keep raw meat
    and poultry apart from cooked foods.
  • Cook - Cook to safe temperature. Use a food
    thermometer to be sure meat and poultry are
    safely cooked
  • Chill - Refrigerate or freeze promptly

  • Thanksgiving Click It Or Ticket Wave Period
  • 24-30 November 2008
  • Click It or Ticket is a statewide, high
    visibility, massive enforcement effort designed
    to detect violators of the Safety Belt and Child
    Safety seat laws in Texas
  • The program will be a statewide, high profile
    effort that will use a proven combination of
    highly visible enforcement and intense public

More Information/Resources
  • In addition to the information provided here, you
    can access the personal Composite Risk Management
    guides for Summer Winter activities, Autumn
    safety, Family safety, mower safety, barbeque
    safety and swimming/boating safety from the
    Darnall Intranet
  • Go to the BLUE buttons, click on Darnall Safety
  • You will find these documents and many others

Safety Brief Topics
  • - Code Red
  • - Fire Prevention
  • - Injury Prevention
  • - Lifting Safety
  • - Needle Sticks/Splashes
  • - Hazardous Materials
  • - Slips, Trips, Falls
  • - Ergonomics
  • - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • - Sun Protection
  • - Hydration
  • Chain of Command
  • - Motorcycle Safety
  • - POV Safety
  • - Off-Road/ATV Activities
  • - Aggressive Driving
  • - Road Rage
  • - Seatbelts Speed
  • - Fatigue
  • - Designated Driver
  • - Local Driving Hazards
  • - Home Safety
  • - Drugs and Alcohol
  • - Recreational Hazards
  • NCO Support Channel
  • - Wildlife
  • - Inclement Weather
  • - Flash Flooding
  • - Boating
  • - Fishing
  • - Lightning
  • - Limited Visibility/Fog
  • - Firearms Safety
  • - Cold/Heat Injuries
  • - Domestic Violence
  • - Suicide Prevention
  • - High Risk Behavior
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Since CRDAMC doesnt shut down for holidays, We
    also included on-duty safety topics

Have a spectacularly safe Autumn!