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17 Jul 2007

Summer Safety

Keep summer fun injury-free by being safety savvy

Summer is almost here and, with longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures, 3rd COSCOM Soldiers, civilians, and family members will spend more time traveling and participating in outdoor activities.

Before driving long distances, or just visiting friends locally, take some time to plan your activities. This is the time of year when there will be more vehicles on the autobahn than normal. Think about it -- if you add changing weather conditions, congested roadways, fatigue, impatience, and drunk or speeding drivers -- there is a good chance of an accident happening.

Here are some things to consider when planning your summer activities.

  • Traveling – Leaders must brief their Soldiers on safe driving procedures. Anyone planning to travel should ensure vehicles are prepared for the trip. We recommend that the chain of command perform safety checks on every Soldier’s vehicle before long weekends. The Army Safety Center has introduced the ASMIS-1 POV Risk Assessment Tool to assist Soldiers and supervisors with travel in the USA. You can register for this system at http://safety.army.mil/home.html .
  • Speed - Observe posted speed limits. Decrease or adjust your speed based on weather and traffic conditions. Don’t rush! If you are running late, stop at a rest area and call ahead. These efforts will help you “Arrive Alive”.
  • Seatbelts - Seatbelts save lives! Why is there a stubborn resistance to wearing seatbelts? Failure to wear a seatbelt is a factor in most traffic fatalities, on- and off-duty.
  • Fatigue - Get plenty of rest before the trip. Stop for rest breaks every two hours or every 150 miles.
  • Alcohol - Do not drive impaired! Supervisors should ensure all Soldiers are aware of the consequences of drinking and driving, such as Article 15, possible court martial and possible discharge action, not to mention the risk of injuring or killing yourself, loved ones or others. Instruct Soldiers to plan and provide a designated driver.
  • Heat Stress - Heat stress injuries can range from painful heat cramps to a deadly heat stroke. Know the early signs of heat stress, such as dizziness, weakness and profuse perspiration. To prevent heat stress injuries, drink plenty of water before, during and after activity. Go to the nearest shaded or cool place and sit or lie down. If symptoms are not relieved in a few minutes, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Water Activities - Whether it is a dip in the backyard pool or a swim in the ocean, always follow the rules on water safety.
  • Swimming - Never enter the water alone unless a lifeguard is on duty; use the buddy system. Swim only in designated areas and don’t mix water and alcohol
  • Boating - Inspect boating equipment. Have life jackets for everyone and ensure they know how to use them. Never boat alone. Don't overload the boat. Keep a good look out for other boats. Even if you know the rules, others may not, so operate defensively. Always operate at a safe speed, at a safe distance from the shore and other boats and in a responsible manner. Avoid alcohol in all water activities.
  • Barbecuing - Keep the barbecue grill a safe distance from the house or flammable materials. Keep children and pets away from the grill. Never start the grill with gasoline and never leave the fire unattended.
Be prepared for the hazards of summer. Don't let safety be an afterthought when planning a vacation or that weekend getaway. Commit to making this summer free of injuries and needless tragedies. Take a few minutes to consider your safety as well as your family’s safety. It can mean the difference between life and death.

AUTHORIZED SWIMMING AREAS

221st Base Support Battalion

HALLENBAD WIESBADEN (INDOOR) -- Mainzer Strasse, only inside pool, heated, sauna available, steam bath room. Can be reached with Bus # 6.

KLEINFELDCHEN, WIESBADEN (INDOOR-OUTDOOR) -- HOLLERBRONSTRASSE, inside and outside pool (inside pool normally' closed from I May'for maintenance). 10 M high jumping tower outside and a 7.5 M high jumping tower inside, 40 M long water slide. Outside pool is not heated. Can be reached with Bus - 4, 7, and 25.

OPELBAD WIESBADEN (OUTDOOR) -- NEROBERG The last stop of bus line #1, and then up the hill with a small very; old and special train, (worth looking at, operates with water as a counter balance -weight). Outdoor pool only,, heated, small area, special events in the summer like disco, etc.

KALLEBAD - WIESBADEN (OUTDOOR) -- GRASELBERG, Bus - 5, 15, large grassy area, tennis courts, volley ball, table tennis, 2 small snack bars, large children's play' ground and children's pool.

THERMAL BAD, WIESBADEN (INDOOR/OUTDOOR) -- Aukamm, Bus # I 8 only hot thermal water (38 degrees C), inside and outside, nice to swim outside in the winter, sauna, massage. Many' older people go there for health treatments. No children under the age of6 allowed.

MAINSPITZE, MAINZ-KASTEL (OUTDOOR) -- Mainspitze, Bus # 28, 13, and 17, two large pools, cold water only. A 3 M high jump tower, small water slide, large grassy' areas, and lots of parking space.

SCHWIMMBAD AM TAUBERTSBERG (INDOOR/OUTDOOR) (Temp closed for this year) -- Next to the main railway station, indoor and outdoor pool, very' limited parking area. Limited grassy area.

SCHWIMMBAD AM GROSSEN SAND MAINZ-MOMBACH (INDOOR-OUTDOOR) -- Small indoor pool, 2 large outdoor pools, one heated water (28 degrees C), children's pool (Max. depth, 2 feet), very large grassy area, volleyball, small children's playground, and snack bar.

PALMENBAD KOSTHEIM (INDOOR) -- Kostheim, Bus - 28, only an indoor pool, small extra pool for small children/babies (32 degrees C), indoor table tennis, small grassy area outside, and a snack bar.

SCHWIMMBAD INGELHEIM (INDOOR/OUTDOOR) -- Ingelheim large indoor pool, outdoor pool, and a large grassy area with many trees.

222nd Base Support Battalion

1. BAUMHOLDER LAKE -- only when officially opened by the City of Baumholder

2. IDAR-OBERSTEIN -- 2 outdoor and 2 indoor swimming pools

3, ALGENROD -- outdoor swimming pool

4. BIRKENFELD -- outdoor swimming pool

5. ST. WENDEL -- 1 outdoor and 1 indoor swimming pool

6. KUSEL -- 1 outdoor and 1 indoor swimming pool

7. ALTENGLAN -- outdoor swimming pool

8. LAUTERECKEN -- outdoor swimming pool

9. MEISENHEIM -- outdoor swimming pool

10. KIRN -- outdoor swimming pool

11. FREISEN-OBERKIRCHEN -- indoor swimming pool

12. BOSEN LAKE -- only in the designated swimming area

"O F F L I M I T S "

to U.S. FORCES PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS for participation in any water activities:

1. BAUMHOLDER LAKE -- after operation hours or when the lake is closed by the City of Baumholder.

2. ALL NATURAL WATER, including "Nahe" and "Glan" rivers.

3. ALL ROCK QUARRY POOLS

284th Base Support Battalion

Bad Nauheim -- Usa Wellenbad (indoor and outdoor) 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed Mondays) Friedberger Strasse 16-20.

Butzbach -- Waldschwimmbad/Freibad (outdoor pool) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (open June 26 to Aug. 30) Kleebergerstrasse (am Schrenzer).

Friedberg -- Ockstadt Freibad (outdoor pool) noon to 8 p.m. (closed Saturday and Sunday) Waldstrasse.

Giessen -- Ringallee (indoor pool) 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (outdoor pool) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Freibad Kleinlinden (outdoor pool) noon to 8 p.m. Pfingstweide; Freibad Lützellinden (outdoor pool) noon to 7 p.m. Schwimmbadweg.

Lahnau -- Hallenbad Waldgirmes (indoor/outdoor) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Geraberger Platz 1 in Waldgirmes.

Lich -- Hallenbad (indoor pool) Kirchhofsgasse; Waldschwimmbad (outdoor pool) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. outside Lich (follow signs).

Linden -- Freibad (outdoor pool) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Frankfurterstrasse in Grossen-Linden.

Pohlheim -- Hallenbad (indoor pool) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30-9:30 p.m. Schwimmbadstrasse 25.

Wettenberg -- Freibad Gleiberger Land (outdoor pool) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fohnbachstr. 53.

Wetzlar -- Freibad Domblick (outdoor pool) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Karl-Kellner ring (near Woolworth).

414th Base Support Battalion

Alzenau -- Outdoor pool

Bad Orb -- Outdoor pool

Birstein -- Outdoor pool

Bischofsheim -- Outdoor and indoor pool

Bruchkoebel -- Outdoor and indoor pool

Buedingen -- Outdoor and indoor pool

Doernigheim -- Indoor pool

Erlensee -- Indoor pool

Freigericht/Somborn -- Indoor pool

Gelnhausen -- Outdoor and indoor pool

Gelnhausen/Roth -- Outdoor and indoor pool

Grossauheim -- Outdoor and indoor pool

Grosskrotzenburg -- Indoor pool

Hanau -- Outdoor and indoor pool

Langenselbold -- Outdoor pool

Nidderau/Windecken -- Outdoor and indoor pool

Waechtersbach -- Outdoor pool

For more information, call the 3rd COSCOM Safety Office at 337-5025. For Summer Safety tools go to the 3rd COSCOM Intranet site.

“NOBODY WORKS HARDER - SUSTAINING THE LINE SAFELY”


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