By Mr. Derek Gean (Leonard Wood)June 1, 2017
The Fort Leonard Wood Safety Office capped off their annual Safety Days Observance with a record-setting attendance at the installation's annual Safety and Health Fair, May 25 at Nutter Field House.
Safety Days is an annual event designed to refresh community members with knowledge and skills to make sure Families stay safe during the summer season. It is held before Memorial Day each year and gives installation employees the opportunity to obtain required safety training.
"The Fort Leonard Safety Fair is held to showcase the resources available to all, and to raise safety awareness for our community," said Oscar Powers, Fort Leonard Wood safety director.
Powers said Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season and "the 101 critical days of summer" lasting through Labor Day.
"In preparation for this year's 101 days of summer, Fort Leonard Wood wanted to provide a venue for community risk mitigation. Poor judgment, lack of attention or a single reckless moment can result in an accident for you or a loved one," Powers said.
Around 50 community organizations, such as the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and even the National Weather Service, were at the fair with interactive displays and safety information.
Kelly Scarbrough, a Health Promotion technician at the Army Wellness Center, was one of the experts on-hand to speak to participants about hydration and injury prevention.
"Hydration is very important during the summer time," Scarbrough said. "A lot of people don't realize they need to drink more water when it's hot outside."
Marine Pfc. Antonio Montes was one fair participant. Montes said he learned a lot about nutrition and to be cautious in consuming energy drinks and nutritional supplements.
"I learned not to drink more than one energy drink a day. I had been taking a pre-workout supplement and drinking energy drinks and I learned that is not safe for you," Montes said.
Aside from summer safety, representatives from the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department wanted to make sure community members realized that fire safety is a year-round concern.
"The No. 1 cause of fire is unattended cooking," said Olaf Jensen, fire inspector. "Don't leave your cooking unattended."
Whether it was health, fire or outdoor safety, Powers said he hoped community members would take the information and apply it when planning summer activities.
"We all encourage you to relax and enjoy all the fun that Missouri has to offer," Powers said.