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Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Cooley sits on the convincer.  It simulates an accident at 10 miles per hour and shows the need to wear safety belts. Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Cooley sits on the convincer. It simulates an accident at 10 miles per hour and shows the need to wear safety belts.
A board showing the risk factors for skin cancer.  With so much exposure to the sun, skin cancer is a serious risk. A board showing the risk factors for skin cancer. With so much exposure to the sun, skin cancer is a serious risk.
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A keeper from Chehaw shows off a corn snake.  The corn snake is indigenous to South Georgia. A keeper from Chehaw shows off a corn snake. The corn snake is indigenous to South Georgia.
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With the weather warming up, many people around South Georgia are looking to get outside and that includes the Marines and civilians at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.

There are 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day and most of those days will feature at least some chance to get outside. Today, the base tried to show them ways that they can stay safe.

Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Cooley is about to get into an accident. Or at least, a pretty good imitation of one. He's on the convincer.

Kay Mull is a Logistics Command Safety Specialist at the base.  She tells us what it does.  "it does convince you that the safety belt is a definite necessary part of your vehicle and you should use it."

To do that, it simulates an accident at 10 miles per hour. It can be a jarring experience. So what does Staff Sergeant Cooley think about the convincer?

"I think without it, I would have probably smacked my head on the steering wheel," he said.

The convincer is one of more than a dozen different displays at today's Safety Stand Down at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany. The theme at today's event is definitely a Summer one, and the timing is no coincidence.

Mull said, "we try to have it right before Memorial Day."

With so many people looking to get away this Summer, showing them what kind of man-made hazards to avoid is needed. But that's not the only thing they'll have to worry about. There are plenty of things in nature that could harm these Marines and civilians as well.

To figure out what kind of animals they might see, the base brought in the experts.

"We have Chehaw Park out here that has brought some live exhibits, mainly local wildlife indigenous to our area to recommend different type of specimens to stay away from," said Mull.

But in the Summer outdoor danger doesn't just come from the ground. And people here learned about that as well.

Staff Sergeant said, "skin protection. I think it's important. A lot of people misconstrue malignant skin disease as associated with people of a lighter skin color. Which is not necessarily true."

Today's event was also a chance to showcase the partnerships that the base has with the people who keep their employees and Marines safe outside of the gates.

Mull said, "we've had a great deal of support, especially from our police, Department of Natural Resources, fire departments, local hospitals."

They'll all be working together to ensure the safety of everyone associated with the base this Summer.

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