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101 Critical Days of Summer showcases safety during dog days

By Marti Gatlin | | May 16, 2013

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Marine Corps Logistics Command’s 6th annual safety stand-down focused on summer safety May 9, at Covella Pond, here.
Called the “101 Critical Days of Summer,” the safety stand-down marked the start of a busy summer schedule for members of the workforce who will be traveling recreationally, participating in water activities and conducting home projects.
Static displays, awareness training and other information demonstrated safe practices to the Marine Corps base community.
Twenty-six presenters, 13 from off base and the rest from Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s support services, provided details on motorcycle safety, private motor vehicle safety, recreational vehicle safety, boats and watercraft safety, lawn and garden tips, heat injury protection for people and animals, and general around-the-house safety tips that will reduce or minimize injuries and/or fatalities.
MCLB Albany’s game warden also provided advice about local wildlife.
“The goal is to bring safety to the homefront for the employees, hone in on the critical elements of summer and talk about some of the events that might take place outside of work or in the workplace that may be different from winter,” Chris Shaw, occupational and safety health specialist, MCLC, said. “We want to (focus employees’) attention on safety (and) here we talk about specific summer activities.”
Gunnery Sgts. William Lyman and Brian Page attended their first 101 Critical Days of Summer.
Both are Marine technical specialists with the Weapons Systems Management Center, MCLC, and rode in the convincer, which simulates a motor vehicle crash at about 10 miles an hour while wearing a seatbelt.
“It is very important to make sure you buckle your seatbelt, the first thing you do when you get in the car because even at 10 miles an hour you can feel the impact pretty well and you can probably get a little bit hurt just going 10 miles an hour without your seatbelt,” Lyman said. “Once you go through the convincer you know what could also happen to one of your family members like a little child at 10 miles an hour and (he or she) could probably fly from the back seat to the front seat.”
Page noted the reason he attended the event was he “wanted to get some good information to take home to my family and share with my other Marines. The information on all the different snakes was pretty interesting. We had a two-foot long copperhead in our yard and I learned (today) to leave it alone and not chop it up in pieces.”

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