Staying safe during the holidays

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  • By Senior Airman Adarius Petty
  • 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
As we enter this holiday season and enjoy the festive activities, celebrating our family and friends, it is important to focus on safety while traveling, during meal preparation and holiday events.

Whether you're at work, home or during an outside activity, report any suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency, base police or Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Suspicious activity that warrants reporting may include:

· Individuals with new or increased interest in critical buildings and landmarks with no reasonable explanation

· Suspicious observation of or unusual questions about maintenance or security procedures

· Loitering, parking or standing in the same area over multiple days with no reasonable explanation

· Individuals wearing clothes not appropriate for the weather or season

· Attempted or unauthorized access to potentially sensitive areas

As you travel to visit loved ones or if you remain in the local area remain alert while on the freeways.  Las Vegas is rated number two nationwide in red light deaths. A good rule to go by is to count to at least three when light turns green, this may prevent an accident, and if the light is yellow, get ready to stop, do not accelerate.

Even though some may participate in holiday festivities or just decide to hit the town for a nice evening, remember if you drink any alcoholic beverages you should always have a plan. It is never okay to drink and drive, and the Air Force has a zero tolerance policy. Keep the wingman concept in mind, don't allow anyone else to drive drunk. You should first have a plan, then phone a friend, or call a taxi, and when in need call the Airmen Against Drunk Driving at 702-652-4136.

"During this holiday season, we know there is a lot going on in the world and our Air Force is busy playing a vital role," said the Honorable Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force, and husband, Frank Beatty.  "Please know that your service and sacrifices are appreciated by so many. You are a gift to our nation. Your hard work and dedication makes our country safer and stronger. To our Air Force families, we thank you as well. We hope you will take time to enjoy this time of year. Have a wonderful holiday!"