By Spc. Collin MacKown | 14th Public Affairs Detachment
FORT CARSON, Colo. — The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson celebrated National Safety Month by highlighting the readiness displayed by the Fort Carson Fire and Emergency Services.
Although the month of June was named National Safety Month in 1996 by the National Safety Council, national safety is a year-round effort to help reduce injuries and accidents during the summer.
Timothy Baker, the health and safety officer for the Fort Carson Fire Department, talks about the importance of summer safety after Colorado’s long winter season.
“I think summer safety is a highlighted topic because more residents are out and about. There is a lot of emphasis on people escaping from the winter,” Baker said.
When dealing with safety, different age brackets are prone to different accidents. Baker mentions how children are more susceptible to sport and water injuries while adults are more prone to accidents through alcohol and motor vehicles.
“Really any activity can be safe if you take the proper planning and safety precautions. Just watch your alcohol intake whenever you’re doing any activity,” Baker said.
Heat injuries are the number one accident during the summer. Individuals forget to put sunscreen on, drink water or get carried away when swimming.
“Kids can get dehydrated very easily. Make sure your kids are drinking water,” said Rowdy Carson, a firefighter at station 31, Fort Carson Fire Department.
National Safety Month is an opportunity for the community to learn more about how they can keep their summer safe and enjoyable.
“If anyone is seeking more information, the fire department is always open. We are here 24/7, and we are here to serve,” said Carson. “You can knock on our door and talk to us, there is always somebody here.”