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Safety Day May 18
Annual event starts 101 Days of Summer

By Adrienne Anderson
Staff Writer

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Belvoir’s Installation Safety Office hosts Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 18 at Building 259, the Motorcycle Training Center. Safety Day focuses on important topics for boaters, motorcyclists, anyone who lives in a home or apartment or uses electricity.

“Safety Day starts the 101 days of Summer … the DoD’s and the Army’s summer safety campaign,” said John Nicklas, from the ISO. “We’d love to have as many of the civilian work force as possible show up and learn something new.”

Many vendors, organizations, partners and directorates will be at the event to help teach everyone on a variety of safety topics. These include the Belvoir fire and police departments; American Red Cross; First Information Operations Command; Night Vision Labs and Public Health Command; EOD and Belvoir Hospital. There will be motorcycle safety and gas safety experts, as well as the chance to wear ‘drunk goggles’ while trying to drive a golf cart.

Safety Day also has giveaways, activities and food trucks.

“Safety Day also is a great chance to interact and talk with different professionals and learn about each facet of safety,” Nicklas said.

“Safety minimizes accidents, minimizes deaths and minimizes costs to the Army,” said Jay Mejia, safety specialist.

Having a safe and healthy work environment also ensures work is done in a timely, productive manner, Mejia said. If someone is hurt on the job, others will have to pick up on that person’s work, slowing down the process.

The Safety Office also hosts Bike-to-Work Day, May 19 during morning commuting hours. Safety Office staff will be outside Belvoir’s Walker Gate handing out free gear to those who ride their bicycles to work that day. Bike-to-Work Day promotes healthy living and reduces traffic in congested areas by getting more people to take alternative means of transportation. For more information about Bike-to-Work Day, visit biketoworkmetrodc.org.

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