By Pamela Doty Special to GUIDONAccording to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and a leading contributor in boating accidents.I know from my experience in tracking water-related fatalities nationwide that alcohol is also involved in many swimming deaths. What you may not know are some of the specific reasons … [Read more...] about Alcohol and water don’t mix
By Humane Society of Southwest Missouri Special to GUIDONWhile there are many ways to prevent tick infestation, it is impossible to completely protect your dog from ticks.Ticks are small, commonplace and extremely resilient and any dog that spends any amount of time outside runs the risk of getting ticks.Thankfully, there are ways to prevent ticks from causing your dog to become … [Read more...] about Humane Society: check the dog for ticks
“I like to explore my surrounding areas, go hiking. I like to go off-roading in my Jeep out in Devil’s Elbow. That’s always fun.I like to do things I don’t usually do on a daily basis, whether it be an hour, two hours away, kind of giving me an understanding of my surrounding areas.”“I like to go off-roading, hiking and camping. I do a lot of fishing. I’ll admit I play a lot of video games … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: How do you unwind?
By G. Anthonie Riis Special to GUIDONNative ticks and the burgeoning bacteria, viruses and parasites they spread through their bites have been a growing problem in the United States.Now, an invasive tick is adding to the alarm.According to the Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Pest Management Board, the invader, known as the East Asian tick, was first identified in 2017 and has … [Read more...] about Combating the tick threat
By U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center Special to GUIDONVehicle water crossings are an inevitable yet necessary task for leaders, Soldiers and personnel to accomplish their missions.Because of the inherent danger in water crossings, it is imperative units conduct proper terrain analysis, personnel training in fording operations, equipment preparation and apply risk management during the … [Read more...] about Minding the gap: crossing water safely
“Know your swimming ability, and if you know that you can’t swim, either wear a life jacket or invest in swim lessons.It’s an important life skill that everybody should have. It really starts there. Everybody wants to have fun, but it needs to be safe.”“Wear sunscreen. Put it on every time after you swim, or if you’re just swimming a lot.It’s been cloudy this summer and kind of rainy, … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your best summer swimming safety tip?
By Jennifer Simmons Special to GUIDONSummer is here. Children are out of school. Families are taking vacations and thoughts are focused on spending that quality time together.While preparing for those summertime activities, oftentimes our routines typically change. We welcome the changes as we “get away” from the structured normal schedules of daily life; however, it is important to … [Read more...] about Safety: You can prevent vehicular heatstroke deaths
By Susan Lawson Special to GUIDONThis week, American flags will be displayed across the nation in celebration of the Independence Day holiday. Following a few guidelines can ensure we are displaying Old Glory properly.In 1923, the U.S. National Flag Code was created and distributed nationwide. The code became Public Law in 1942 and became the U.S. Flag Code we know today. The U.S. … [Read more...] about Commentary: Old Glory deserves to be displayed the right way
By Humane Society of Missouri Special to GUIDONIndependence Day celebrations would not be the same without the scorching sun and fireworks lighting up the night sky.For pets, however, heat and sudden loud noises can be more harmful and frightening than fun.The Humane Society of Missouri encourages pet parents to keep their furry friends’ safety in mind as they celebrate the stars … [Read more...] about Protecting your pets while celebrating the Fourth of July
“My favorite activity is trap shooting — the excitement, the adrenaline you get out of it. It’s a good way to relieve some stress.(After) being cooped up for eight hours inside, it’s nice to go outside. We have skeet and trap (shooting) here.”“(My favorite outdoor activity is) probably float trips. It gets me out of the house. It gets my mind off of everything in real life —getting out … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your favorite outdoor activity and why?
By Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeremy Stone Special to GUIDONThere are many things in the desert that can hurt you. Having a battle buddy can help mitigate those risks.I often thought adults should be responsible for themselves and didn’t need another Soldier with them at all times to make sure they’re behaving. As my time in the Army has progressed, my thinking changed. The following … [Read more...] about Mitigating risks and wildlife hazards with battle buddies
Special to GUIDONExtreme heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a period of two to three days of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed, and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.Extreme heat … [Read more...] about Preparing for extreme summer heat
“Anything in your workplace that may cause you short-term or long- term health effects, we try to mitigate that and come up with a solution to keep it from affecting you.We have a diverse (team), but all of us work in industrial hygiene. We have people from different parts of the nation; we have a person who’s efficient in chemistry, we have some in environmental science, we have some in … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What effect does your team have on readiness?