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Tis the Season: Air Force Issues Letter on Critical Days of Summer

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5/29/2012 - FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- In a tri-signature memo, the top three Air Force leaders urged Airmen to create a culture of safety and watch out for one another.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the letter May 25 as part of the Critical Days of Summer 2012 kick off.

"This year's theme, 'Safety - It's Personal,' reminds us that when it comes to safety, individual decisions can directly impact loved ones, friends, co-workers and the entire Air Force family," the letter read.

To see full copy of letter, click here

This year's CDS theme is "Safety - It's Personal."

"This year's PACAF CDS 2012 theme focuses on the personal aspect of safety," said Lt. Col. Adrienne Williams, 36 WG chief of safety. "Safety truly is each person's individual responsibility. We ask that every Airmen realize that they are the first link in the safety chain and apply common sense as they embark on a fun-filled summer on and off duty."

Members of the safety office stress five safety tips this year:

· Food safety - Cook all your food to the recommended level before serving, (poultry to 165 degrees, hamburgers to 160 degrees and beef to at least 145 degrees.) and refrigerate all perishable food within one hour of cooking. Keep uncooked meats away from other foods.

· Grill safety - Clean grill of any grease or dust, check burner tubes for blockage and ensure connectors are secure. Keep lighted cigarettes, matches or open flames away from the grill. Do not use a grill in a garage, breezeway, carport or porch or near any surface that can catch fire. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

· Water safety - Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating. Wear a lifejacket when on a boat. Make sure young children are supervised at all times. Don't swim alone or in bad weather.

· Sun safety - Wear sunscreen and apply throughout the day. Drink plenty of water to avoid heat stress or heat stroke.

· Travel safety - Do not drink and drive or travel with someone who had been drinking. Wear your seat belt at all times.

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