<![CDATA[Recruiter Journal - Safety]]>Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:36:29 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Summer Safety - Sun Exposure ]]>Tue, 20 May 2014 14:27:51 GMThttp://www.therecruiterjournal.com/safety/summer-safety-sun-exposureAs temperatures across the country continue to rise, it is important to make sure that you are taking the proper precautions to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. Here are a few precautionary steps you can take before exposing yourself to the sun:

-Always apply sunscreen (at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure & every couple hours thereafter)
        -Use 30 SPF or higher
-Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible (lightweight clothing is a good way to stay cool while protecting yourself from the sun)
-Avoid sun exposure when the sun is at its strongest (11am - 2pm)
-Use sunglasses with UV protection
-When possible, try to find a shady spot where you can remove yourself from the sun's rays.
-Wear a hat

Video courtesy of https://safety.army.mil
<![CDATA[Get ready to ride]]>Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:29:53 GMThttp://www.therecruiterjournal.com/safety/get-ready-to-ridePicture

Now that the weather’s finally getting warmer more motorcyclists will be taking off for the open road.

Just a reminder for those in USAREC who ride; before you head out make sure you have all the proper documentation filed with your unit to include form 1236, copies of your driver’s license, registration and insurance for your motorcycle and your Safety Course (MSF) card. Please also abide by the following motorcycle safety tips:

    1.  Always wear the appropriate attire when riding including a helmet, eye protection, jacket, pants, gloves, boots, raingear if necessary, and high-visibility gear such as reflective vests. The goal is to cover exposed skin from the elements.

Even though some installations don’t require reflective vests and some states do not require helmet use, both are recommended.

    2.  Know your motorcycle. Know the use of the controls, how to shift gears, how to brake appropriately and be familiar and comfortable with how your bike turns. Always check out your motorcycle prior to riding. Many motorcyclists are fair-weather riders and do not ride for long periods of time. Things can go wrong and the bike can require maintenance even though it’s not been used.

    3.  Keep up with the maintenance on your motorcycle, know how to troubleshoot minor problems and avoid equipment failures. This will help you remain in control when handling special situations such as emergency braking, skidding, etc.

    4.  Know your surroundings. Highway and street surfaces are not constructed the same way a racecourse is constructed. You cannot corner and maneuver your motorcycle quite the same way on regular street surfaces the way you can on a track. Watch out for debris and objects in the road.

    5.  Always adhere to all traffic laws. Violations could not only end your riding season but also your life.

    6.  Experience is important. Ride often and take part in group rides as well as motorcycle safety courses where you can learn tips and techniques as well as lessons learned from other riders. All military riders are encouraged to take a multitude of rider courses every five years or when they change geographical regions. If you have not ridden your bike in awhile, you might benefit from retaking the course.

    7.  Riding under the influence is not only illegal but highly dangerous, so don’t to it – it’s not worth risking your life and losing your career. If you take prescribed medication, it’s important to read and understand the proper use and dosage to ensure your medications do not hinder your ability to operate a motorcycle or any vehicle.

    8.  Get plenty of rest before operating a motorcycle. Motorcycles take more independent actions to operate than does an automobile. You need to be alert in order to properly operate a motorcycle.

    9.  Always plan out your riding route especially for long distance trips. Know where you will stop for rest breaks, and to get food and fuel. Always let someone know where you are going, especially if you’re riding alone.

   10.   Make smart choices about the types of motorcycles you choose to own and operate. Choose a bike that you can handle. If you don’t feel comfortable and confident riding anything larger than a 600 CC sport-bike, then you shouldn’t buy a 1300 CC race-bike just to fulfill a popularity contest. Wait until you get more experience before moving up to larger and more powerful bikes.

<![CDATA[Preparing for Winter storms]]>Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:22:13 GMThttp://www.therecruiterjournal.com/safety/preparing-for-winter-stormsPreparing for Winter Storms

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm:
--- Be aware of the risk for severe winter weather in your area.

Stay informed and know winter storm terminology:
--- Freezing rain-Rain that freezes when it hits the ground. Ice may coat roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
--- Sleet-Rain that freezes into ice pellets before it reaches the ground. Sleet can cause moisture on roads and walkways to freeze.
--- Winter storm watch-Weather conditions are favorable for development of a winter storm. Stay tuned to radio or TV for more information and instructions.
--- Winter storm warning-A winter storm is occurring or will occur soon.
--- Blizzard warning-Considerable amounts of snow with sustained winds or frequent gusts up to 35 mph are expected to prevail for at least three hours. Visibility is reduced to less than a quarter mile.

Frost and freeze warning-Below-freezing temperatures are expected:
--- Make sure your home is properly insulated.
--- Caulk and weather strip doors and windows to keep out cold air.
--- Insulate pipes to prevent freezing.

Consider what to use for emergency heat in case the electricity goes out:
--- Fireplace with ample supply of wood
--- Small, well-vented camp stove with fuel
--- Portable space or kerosene heater (check with your fire department first)
--- Understand the heating system in your home. Be aware that the most destructive home fires happen during winter weather due to improper use of heating devices.
--- To prevent water damage from burst pipes, keep your home's temperature above freezing, even if you are away.
--- Keep your car's gas tank full to keep the fuel line from freezing and for emergency use.
--- Make sure you have an adequate amount of winter clothing and blankets for your family.
--- Get an emergency supply kit that includes rock salt, sand, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment, adequate winter clothing and batteries for radio and flashlights.
--- To slow the accumulation of snow and ice on your driveway and outside steps, pre-treat these surfaces by spreading a small amount of rock salt.

What to Do If There Is a Winter Storm:
--- Stay inside and monitor the radio or TV for more information or instructions.
--- Eat regularly and drink plenty of fluids.
--- Practice fire safety, check the batteries in your smoke alarms and make sure there is plenty of ventilation if you are using a heat source that can produce hazardous smoke or fumes.
--- Dress in several layers of warm clothing.

If you are outside:
--- Do not overexert yourself in snow shoveling or any other physical activity.
--- When shoveling, do not try to move large amounts of snow each time. Lift with your legs to help prevent serious back injury.
--- Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from the extremely cold air.
--- Keep dry and change any wet clothing as soon as possible.
--- Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling or pale appearance in extremities.
--- Travel only if you must, during the day and on main roads.

If you are trapped in your car by a blizzard:
--- Pull to the side of the road and put the hazard lights on.
--- Remain in the vehicle, where rescuers are most likely to find you.
--- Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to keep warm.
--- Exercise to maintain body heat, but do not overexert yourself.
--- Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
--- At night, take turns sleeping and turn the inside light on.
--- Be careful not to waste battery power.
--- If you are stranded in a remote area, stomp large block letters in an open area that spell "HELP" or "SOS."
--- Leave the car on foot only if absolutely necessary and the blizzard has passed.
--- Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech and drowsiness.
--- If signs of hypothermia are detected, keep victims warm by removing all wet clothing, warm the center of their bodies first and seek medical attention immediately.

What to Do After a Winter Storm:
--- Stay tuned to radio or TV for more information or instructions.
--- Be aware of the possibility of flooding after a winter storm.
--- Seek medical attention immediately if needed.
--- Be very careful driving, as roads may still be wet or frozen.
--- Once you are in a safe place, report to your command if you are military
or government civilian personnel or a member of the selective reserves.

Safe Driving! ]]>