EC CC Holiday Weekend Safety Message

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  • By Master Sgt. Ashley Hyatt
  • U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Public Affairs

As we quickly move through these Critical Days of Summer, the next stop is the 244th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The Fourth of July weekend is a time for reflection and celebration.  Traditionally, this holiday weekend conjures up visions of traditional summer events such as parades, picnics and fireworks.  Even with the limitations of COVID-19, I encourage you to think of personal safety and risk management during your celebrations.


The Air Force averages 26 mishaps a year during the Independence Day Weekend.  Of those mishaps, 57% are due to off-duty activities involving sports and recreation (i.e. water sports, motorsports and other high-risk activities), 33% involve fires started by grilling and fireworks, and 10% involve motor vehicles. 


The Air Force lost 4 members in the past five years during the fourth of July weekend.  Each mishap involved alcohol consumption as a contributing factor.  Have fun and celebrate this weekend safely, but be sure to make time for risk management and to have a plan. 


Have a safe and happy Fourth of July Weekend!


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Commander, USAF Expeditionary Center