Mixon: ‘Play it Safe’ this holiday weekend

| July 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

This Independence Day holiday period, July 2 through 5, we will celebrate the birth of our nation and enjoy all the freedoms and values that we as Americans hold dear. 

As we enjoy this holiday, let us never forget the sacrifices that our Soldiers, civilians and families make daily that help keep us free.

We traditionally celebrate our independence with parades, picnics, barbecues, sports, games and fireworks. 

I ask each one of you, that whatever you do, remember that there is risk and the potential for accidents, resulting in injury or loss of life, so “Play it Safe!” 

Pay particular attention when children are around or involved with fireworks. Allow them to participate only with adult supervision, and only after they have been taught the right way to use fireworks. 

Of course, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a show where professionals handle them. Please remember that fireworks use by individuals is prohibited on Army installations.   

Be alert and vigilant when operating a motor vehicle, and ensure all restraints and protective equipment are worn and used by all. 

If you consume alcohol, use discretion and common sense. Have a plan and designated driver to get home. 

Look out for each other just as you do when you are “down range.” Being at “home” can lull us into a false sense of security. Think through each action you take by asking yourself: Is this a wise thing to do? What are the possible consequences to me, my friends or my family? 

By keeping these things in mind, I am confident we will have a fun, relaxed, and accident-free Independence Day weekend. 

One Team!

Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon
Commander, U.S. Army-Pacific

Category: Leadership, News, Safety

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