Crew members from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate brace themselves in their 47-foot motor life boat during heavy surf training off the coast of San Francisco. Surf Station Operations require a high level of head protection due to factors like the possibility of moderate impact force, extreme wave/surf heights and minimal warning time. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Barry Lane.

Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation: Boat crew helmets

Helmets are worn by boat crew members to provide head protection during hazardous conditions in various environments. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been evaluating personal protective helmets. The center’s extensive research will benefit 16,000 Coast Guard boat crew members throughout the active duty, reserve and auxiliary ranks.


Motorcycle Safety: Share the road this Memorial Day and every day!

As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. You may not be aware, but the number one cause of fatalities for Coast Guard personnel is motor vehicle and motorcycle mishaps. As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle! Leaders at all levels have a professional and personal responsibility to promote motorcycle safety. Equally important, it is the responsibility of every individual to practice safe behaviors as part of personal risk management when operating a motorcycle. Together we can reduce motorcycle mishaps and safely share the road!


Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2017 – Tuesday

There is no “typical” Tuesday in the Coast Guard, but this blog features a snippet of what the Coast Guard was up to on Tuesdays during the month of February. From Antarctica to Key West, with old and new assets, the Coast Guard carried out missions vital to protecting and securing our national interests.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Baker, an avid duck hunter, demonstrates proper hunting safety gear near Wachapreague, Va, Sept. 26, 2016. Baker's personal floatation device and personal locator beacon do not interfere with his hunt, and just might save his life. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Below Zero: Duck hunting safety

Waterfowl hunting, more popularly known as duck hunting, is a popular winter sport throughout the country. While the activity isn’t widely thought of when referring to boating safety, it’s not a forgotten boating community.


Carbon Monoxide – Know the hazards this holiday season

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced by the burning of any carbon-based fuel. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at any time of the year, but the risk is increased during the winter when doors and windows stay closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. In addition, people can also be exposed to deadly CO levels when “warming up” their cars in garages or keeping them running when stuck in snow. Take a minute to refresh your memory on these tips for how to protect yourself and others from CO poisoning.


A helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod flies over the scene of the fire. Photo courtesy Station Provincetown

Holiday Safety Message from Health, Safety, and Work-Life

While many of you will be participating in traditional holiday activities, others will continue to carry out Coast Guard missions. Whether you are on leave, traveling, or standing the watch, I urge you to be safe during the holidays. The holiday season is an excellent time to consider conducting unit safety stand-downs. Let’s take a pause and remind ourselves of the hazards associated with an often hectic and rushed period in our lives. Read the full post to learn more about preventing mishaps, managing risk, and properly preparing for your travels.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK

Coast Guard chaplains join the Commandant in recognizing September as Suicide Awareness Month and ask every Coast Guardsmen to “Just Reach Out” to your shipmates in need. The chaplains have coordinated efforts to created a suicide-safer community by teaching Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK. Read the full post to learn more about these programs and to find out how to participate in an upcoming workshop.


‘Dog Days of Summer’ Safety

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Yes, the dog days of summer are upon us. There are differing opinions as to the origins of the ‘dog days of summer,’ but we don’t care where it came from – all we know is that it is hot outside. View this post to learn about how to prevent heat strain disorders or injury.


Department of Homeland Security updates National Terrorism Advisory System

Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security updated the National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, a tool designed to communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the American public. As part of the Coast Guard’s commitment to the security of America’s waterways, we are informing you of the change to the NTAS system and providing our readers with the opportunity to add an NTAS widget to your own websites to keep friends, family and neighbors informed of potential threats.


Alcohol Awareness Month 2015

The Coast Guard is partnering with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence or NCADD in April to support Alcohol Awareness Month.


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