Motorcycle Safety: Share the road this Memorial Day and every day!

As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. You may not be aware, but the number one cause of fatalities for Coast Guard personnel is motor vehicle and motorcycle mishaps. As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle! Leaders at all levels have a professional and personal responsibility to promote motorcycle safety. Equally important, it is the responsibility of every individual to practice safe behaviors as part of personal risk management when operating a motorcycle. Together we can reduce motorcycle mishaps and safely share the road!


Carbon Monoxide – Know the hazards this holiday season

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced by the burning of any carbon-based fuel. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at any time of the year, but the risk is increased during the winter when doors and windows stay closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. In addition, people can also be exposed to deadly CO levels when “warming up” their cars in garages or keeping them running when stuck in snow. Take a minute to refresh your memory on these tips for how to protect yourself and others from CO poisoning.


Holiday Safety Message from Health, Safety, and Work-Life

While many of you will be participating in traditional holiday activities, others will continue to carry out Coast Guard missions. Whether you are on leave, traveling, or standing the watch, I urge you to be safe during the holidays. The holiday season is an excellent time to consider conducting unit safety stand-downs. Let’s take a pause and remind ourselves of the hazards associated with an often hectic and rushed period in our lives. Read the full post to learn more about preventing mishaps, managing risk, and properly preparing for your travels.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK

Coast Guard chaplains join the Commandant in recognizing September as Suicide Awareness Month and ask every Coast Guardsmen to “Just Reach Out” to your shipmates in need. The chaplains have coordinated efforts to created a suicide-safer community by teaching Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK. Read the full post to learn more about these programs and to find out how to participate in an upcoming workshop.


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‘Dog Days of Summer’ Safety

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Yes, the dog days of summer are upon us. There are differing opinions as to the origins of the ‘dog days of summer,’ but we don’t care where it came from – all we know is that it is hot outside. View this post to learn about how to prevent heat strain disorders or injury.


Alcohol Awareness Month 2015

The Coast Guard is partnering with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence or NCADD in April to support Alcohol Awareness Month.


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Social media safety: Keeping yourself and loved ones safe online

Social media becomes more and more mainstream and common in our lives with each passing day. With the ease of utilizing mobile devices, staying connected via social media sites and apps has never been easier. But, staying connected and using these tools has become so mainstream, that it’s necessary to remind ourselves of important precautions to keep our ‘social media footprint’ as safe and secure as possible.


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Autism Awareness

The Coast Guard is committed to providing support to Coast Guard personnel who have family members diagnosed with ASD. The Family Resource Specialists in each Health, Safety, and Work-Life (HSWL) Regional Practice are available to provide information and referral to local military and civilian resources and services.


Kitchen pan fire. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Stand by Your Pan: Cook safely to prevent kitchen fires

Thanksgiving Day cooking fires are triple the number of cooking fires on an average day. Check out these tips from the U.S. Consumer Prduct Safety Commission to prevent a kitchen fire.


Collage of Coast Guard kids in their Halloween costumes. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

From the Homefront: Keeping our littlest Coasties safe on Halloween

Consider this our incredibly sweet version of From the Homefront for Halloween. We know you are probably here to see the cute pictures of Coastie kids, but we thought we’d slip in some safety tips, too – you know, Semper Paratus and all. Best wishes for a happy and safe Halloween!


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