Happy Holidays!

“The upcoming holidays are a time to reflect on what’s important in our lives and enjoy time with family and friends. Having a plan is the key to a successful […]

“The upcoming holidays are a time to reflect on what’s important in our lives and enjoy time with family and friends. Having a plan is the key to a successful season, whether you’ll be driving long distances or attending a holiday party. Thinking about where you may encounter risks, and knowing how to avoid them, is perhaps the best gift you can give to those who care about you. Have a safe and happy holiday season, and take care of each other.”

–      Rear Adm. Brian C. Prindle, Commander, Naval Safety Center

Holiday Safety Tips

  • Remember SAFE: Speed, Alcohol, Fatigue and Ejection (seatbelts). These four factors cause the vast majority of traffic fatalities, and they are all within your control! Prevent distraction—focus on the road!
  • Traffic jams are a fact of life during the holidays, so build extra time into your driving schedule. Also consider beginning your trip early in the day. Accidents are statistically less likely to happen during daylight hours. Fatigue is also a big factor when driving at night or after a long day at work. Coffee is no substitute for sleep!
  • Take breaks every two hours to stretch your legs and rest your eyes.
  • Make a plan before you have the first drink. If you drink, do not drive.
  • Be sure to have non-alcoholic beverages available at parties, and remember you are responsible for your guests.
  • Find ways other than alcohol to relax. Alcohol is a contributing factor to many of the problems that weaken our Navy: legal issues associated with DUIs, sexual assault, highway deaths, suicide, domestic violence, and many others.
  • Stress is an inevitable part of the holidays, and it’s also a human factor that increases the potential for mishaps.
  • Excessive spending or drinking can cause more stress than relief. Watch for signs that your shipmates or family members are pushing the stress envelope.
  • Get plenty of rest and maintain your exercise program throughout the holiday season. This will help you cope with stressful situations.

 Stay safe and enjoy this holiday season.

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2012!