Story by Andrew Damstedt on 06/04/2018Before heading out on the road, firing up the grill or spending time outdoors, there's a few safety tips the Naval Safety Center encourages Sailors and Marines to review in their annual "Critical Days of Summer" campaign.
The annual campaign is a reminder of the unique hazards that come up during the summer months and encourages a safety-first mindset.
Riding motorcycles is one of the increased summer activities and Naval Support Activity Bethesda Safety Manager Paul Phillips encourages riders to drive defensively and make sure they have the proper training completed before riding on base.
He also encouraged riding in bright colors to be easily seen.
The Naval Safety Center reported that 17 Sailors died in motorcycle related accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2017. Eight died in other traffic accidents and one fatality was reported as an off-duty/recreational activity.
Other safety tips Phillips had for the base community was to cross the street in designated crosswalks and know the heat index to avoid working outside in extreme heat. Stay hydrated when doing physical activity outside. He also encouraged people to be well rested before setting out on long road trips and alternate drivers.
More safety tips from the campaign:
Wear a helmet
Stay out of blind spots
All Sailors and Marines must complete a Basic Rider Course before operating a motorcycle; register for courses at www.navymotorcyclerider.com
Don't drink and drive; call a cab or use ride-sharing application
Reduce in-vehicle distractions, don't text
Start every trip well-rested
Watch your wake
Make sure crew and passengers wear U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device
Swim & Diving Safety
Swim with a partner
Never allow children to swim without adult supervision
Stay out of water during thunderstorms/severe weather
Never dive into shallow water
Summer Sports Safety
Warm up and stretch before activity
Limit physical activities during hot conditions
Postpone strenuous activities if temperatures exceed 90 degrees
Know the signs of heat exhaustion that include nausea, extreme weakness, cramps or rapid breath
Heat stroke symptoms include chills, hallucinations, profuse sweating, high body temperature or confusion/dizziness
Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing
Prepare safe food and water
Protect against carbon monoxide poisoning
Avoid wild animals
Keep grill outside and away from house, trees and deck railings
Never leave grill unattended and clean thoroughly
Start a gas grill with lid open
For more information, visit the Naval Safety Center website at go.usa.gov/xNkYX