Stay safe for Labor Day weekend

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  • By Col. Kenneth Todorov
  • 23rd Wing
As we enter the final weeks of our 101 Critical Days of Summer, we've been on track to have one of the safest summers, and overall fewest off-duty deaths, in recent history. 

Data from the last five years shows Labor Day weekend as one of the most dangerous weekends of the 101 days.

Labor Day weekend is the time when many of us travel and are subjected to increased exposure to the potential dangers of traffic, water sports, and other recreational activities. 

It is a time to relax, recharge, and prepare for upcoming events. You have worked hard this summer and have earned a well-deserved break.

However, Labor Day weekend fatalities are primarily caused by motor vehicle accidents and sports/recreation activities. 

Know your limitations, remain focused on what situations pose the greatest threat to you, and don't push yourself during the 96-hour weekend. 

The use of seatbelts and defensive driving skills are a must. Mixing alcohol with driving is a crime and will not be tolerated.

Supervisors, you need to ensure every member of your unit is briefed on the added risks they will face this holiday. 

Emphasize personal risk management, especially in regard to motor vehicle operation and water sports. Stress personal responsibility, from wearing safety belts to life preservers. 

You need to personally verify all your Airmen have travel plans before they leave and make adjustments to those plans if needed.

Labor Day marks the end of our "101 Critical Days of Summer" safety campaign. 

Taking the time to rest, improving your health and well being, is vital to this wing's mission. 

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable weekend, and through our preparation and personal risk management, all our wing personnel will return to work healthy and refreshed on Sept. 2.