• Have current contact information on pet tags
    • In the event your pet may get loose or lost, having up to date address and phone numbers on their tags are the fastest way to get them home if someone else finds them. 
  • Be aware of signs of heat related illness and injuries in pets
    • Excessive panting, excessive drooling, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea are all signs of heat related illness in pets. Keep them hydrated and cool.
  • Always have your pet on a leash when walking them
    • This is for the safety of your pet from other animals, traffic or things they may find on the ground as well as the safety of other people that may be out and about.
  • Clean up after your pets messes
    • Cleaning up the yard after your pet goes to the bathroom is essential for keeping your home clean.
  • Keep your pets vaccinations up to date
    • Certain shots are required for your pets, and others are highly encouraged for their long-term health.
  • Be attentive at dog parks
    • If you decide to take your dog to a park or off-leash area to play, make sure you watch what they're doing. They can easily wander off to find gaps in the fence or items they shouldn't eat.


  • Distracted driving
    • Pay attention to the road. Stay alert. Do not try to multi-task while driving. Avoid eating while driving.  If you are drowsy, pull over. Do not text and drive. 
  • Seatbelts
    • Seatbelts save lives! Seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%. Wear your seatbelts every time you get in the vehicle regardless of how close or how far you will be traveling. Seatbelts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected or becoming a projectile during a crash.
  • Speed limits
    • Obey posted speed limits.  The faster you are going, the longer it will take to stop.  Drive appropriate speed limits for weather and road conditions.
  • Be courteous of other drivers
    • Yield where appropriate. Move over for faster drivers on two lane roadways. Move over and slow down for stopped, disabled or emergency vehicles on the side of the road if able.
  • Bicycles
    • Bicycles on the roadway will travel the same direction as vehicles and shall obey all traffic signs and lights.  Use arm signals to indicate turns. Wear helmets.
  • Share the road
    • There may be pedestrians, bicyclists, or workers on the road way.  Slow down and give them space when needed. 


  • Obey posted speed limits
    • Residential neighborhoods should be family-friendly areas, free from life-threatening behaviors. Speeding drivers make front yards dangerous places for children to play. There are many children and pedestrians that will be out and about in housing. Staying at the proper speed limits will give you ample time to brake should someone or something run out into the road. While children should always be kept away from the road, a speeding driver can lose control of their vehicle and endanger a child’s life regardless of where that child is.
  • Watch for children playing
    • Children are unpredictable and may make sudden movements into the road ways. If you see a toy roll into the road, chances are a child is coming after it.
  • Playground
    • Playground equipment may be hot in the summer months. Only use the equipment as intended.  Don’t get too close to moving equipment. Clean up any trash or belongings when you depart.
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Pool Safety
    • Always supervise children in water. Do not enter head first in shallow water. Stay away from drains and other openings that cause suction. Make sure drains have proper functional covers.  Do not swim under the influence of alcohol. Teach children how to swim.  Do not run near the pool or on wet surfaces.   Know how to perform CPR.
  • Parking
    • Only park in designated parking areas. Do not park in front of fight hydrants, other people’s driveways or on sidewalks.  Do not block intersections. 


  • Quiet hours are 24/7
    • Many people are on shift work and sleep when you may be awake. Be courteous. 
  • Grilling/BBQ
    • Make sure your grill is on a flat, level, stable surface. Clean grills after use. Check gas grills for leaks prior to use. Never leave grills unattended when in use. Keep fire extinguishers nearby. Cook food to a safe temperature.
  • Common areas
    • Many people utilize the common areas. Clean up after yourself before you leave these areas. If you notice any problems or concerns let your dorm leader know.
  • Sport and Rec
    • Wear protective gear as appropriate. Warm up and cool down.  Check your gear to ensure it is in good proper working order. Don’t participate in activities outside of your skill level.  Check the area where the activity will be taking pace for any safety concerns or hazards. Stay hydrated!
  • Smoke detectors
    • Tampering any smoke detector is a serious offense and punishable under the UCMJ.  Check for functionality and replace batteries if needed.
  • Firearms
    • Fire arms and ammunition are not authorized in the dorms and must be stored per base regulations.


  • Inspect fencing
    • Repair any loose openings or gaps in fencing to keep pets and children in yard. Remove any loose pieces that may become a hazard.
  • Change filters on HVAC system
  • Smoke detectors and CO2
    • Test them, check system expiration dates and replace batteries.
  • Curb appeal - Gardening
    • Make sure plants are pet and children friendly even if you do not have pets or children; they may wander into your yard! Wear gloves to protect hands from fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria blisters and sharp tools.
  • Tune up your lawn equipment
    • Check lawn mowers, weed eaters and hedge trimmers.  Oil, fuel, spark plugs.  Clean up debris, trash, rocks and sticks prior to mowing the lawn so objects do not shoot out of the lawnmower.

Safe Flying

Minot Air Force Base and civilian aircraft share the skies on a daily basis. Minot AFB has programs in place to help keep those skies a safe place to fly. The 5th Bomb Wing Safety Office heads up the Mid-Air Collision Avoidance and the Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard.

Mid-Air Collision Avoidance

The goal of the MACA program is to eliminate midair collisions and reduce close calls. Since 1978, there has been an average of 30 midair collisions in the United States each year. These collisions resulted in an average of 75 deaths per year. There are also over 450 Near Midair Collisions reported each year; no one can calculate the number that has gone unreported! As recently as February, 2006 a civilian pilot was killed in a single plane crash after colliding with an Air Force jet. In many cases, one or both of the aircraft are not aware that a mid-air collision nearly occurred. Particularly in cases where military and civilian aircraft come into close proximity, lack of basic information regarding military flight characteristics creates problems among civilian pilots.

Bird/Wildlife Strike Hazard

Sharing both the sky and the airport environment with birds and other animals has been a concern to aviation personnel for years and their impact on aviation safety has been extensively documented. Since Orville Wright's days to the present day conflicts between wildlife and airplanes have caused damage to aircraft and loss of human life. Bird and other wildlife strikes to aircraft annually cause over $600 million in damage to U.S. civil and military aviation and over 195 people have been killed worldwide as a result of wildlife strikes since 1988.