SUFFOLK, Va. – The Navy conducted its Safety Fair at the Department of Defense complex in Suffolk, VA on 6 Nov. The joint collaboration consisted of organizers from Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), Naval Network Warfare Command (NAVNETWARCOM), Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) Suffolk and Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) who came together to share winter safety facts for the military and civilian workforce.
The team worked together to gather a group of vendors and organizers to kick off safety campaigns emphasizing winter conditions and activities that require special precautions – both on and off duty. “The message appears to be resonating with the military and civilian workforce as people look out for each other,” said Chief Michael Spicer, NAVNETWARCOM Safety Officer. “So far this year, no off-duty fatalities have been reported.”
It was a great opportunity for the whole family to learn how to increase personal safety and wellness through health screenings, demonstrations, and expertise from more than 30 exhibitors.
The commands’ safety officers used this opportunity to promote workplace and community safety by providing educational, fun and relevant ways to create a safe work and living environment.
“This is my third time participating in this event; each time is based on seasonal opportunities,” said Officer Chris Balasonne, Suffolk Fire and Rescue. He previously had shared the critical days when most fatal accidents occur are the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This time the Safety Fair was geared toward precautions for the winter, such as vehicle safety tips, warnings for Christmas lights and trees, properly maintaining portable heaters, and dressing adequately for winter weather. Balasonne encouraged members to check smoke detector batteries which should be changed concurrently when we advance clocks by one hour in the spring (spring forward) for Daylight Savings Time and "fall back" by one hour in autumn to return to Standard Time.
Vendors and community organizers offered information booths, exhibited a wrecked vehicle and distributed pamphlets designed to educate and raise safety awareness. The venue was informative and fun while encouraging individuals to lead safer lifestyles. “Safety training is mandated throughout the year and this gives our workforce a hands-on approach to interact with other safety organizations. We find this style is more favorable than online learning or presenting slide shows,” said Spicer.
The Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) collaborated to present the “Keep What You Earned” campaign. Effort focused on promoting methods to drinking responsibly. “Earn your rank, don’t jeopardize it,” said Petty Officer Second Class Ashton Boyt, NETWARCOM JEA. “We inform junior Sailors of other ideas and ways to have fun that do not involve alcohol, such as bowling or sports. It’s about making good decisions,” said Boyt.
Iterating the importance of safety is critical and part of military life. It serves the purpose of identifying various hazards and providing helpful safety tips. “I’ve learned so much from each booth.
For one, I need to recertify my CPR, it’s only good for two years,” said Lily Shinneman, NAVIFOR participant.
Navy safety officials also recommended keeping a winter survival kit in the trunk, with essential supplies including a working flashlight and spare batteries, first-aid kit, ice scraper and snow brush, blankets and nonperishable, high-energy foods such as nuts and granola bars.
Other safety tips include:
- Dress warmly. Wear dry loose-fitting, layered and lightweight clothing. Wet clothing loses its insulating value quickly and can accelerate hypothermia.
- Cold weather strains the heart. Shoveling snow or pushing a vehicle if you are unaccustomed to exercising can cause a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. Take frequent breaks when performing strenuous activities.
- Lookout for symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia.
NAVNETWARCOM was established July 11, 2002; it directs, operates, maintains, and secures the Navy’s networks and communications and leverages Joint Space capabilities for Navy and Joint operations. Task Force 1010 was established in April 2015 to tactically command and control the Navy’s computer and telecommunications stations globally.
For more information about NAVNETWARCOM, visit our website at: http://www.public.navy.mil/fcc-c10f/nnwc/Pages/default.aspx