NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIt
BEFORE YOU LEAVE- ON THE WAY- AFTER YOU ARRIVE-
Raymond C. Fireslone (righl), and Ihe laie Bob Sweikert.
Racers Honor R. C. Firestone
Raymond C. Firestone, Execu
tive Vice-President, received a
tribute from the 33 drivers of
the 1956 Memorial Day 500-
mile automobile race in Indiana
polis, Ind., May 30. Bob Swei
kert, winner of the 1955 race,
presented him with a bronze
Bob Sweikert, 1955 winner of
the Indianapolis "500", was kill
ed June 17, when his race car
leaped over a guard rail during a
sprint car race at Salem, Ind.
plaque for his “contributions to
racing, and for development of
the safest tire in the world.” In
this year’s race, it was the 33rd
consecutive time that cars were
equipped with Firestone tires.
Mr. Firestone first became a
regular visitor to the Indiana
polis races in the mid-20s when
he attended with his late father.
His interest in the sport con
tinued over the years and
reached a peak in 1948 when he
was recalled to Akron to become
Vice President in charge of the
Company’s research and activi
During his years in this capa
city, great strides were made in
improvement of racing tires and
the Company’s research activi
ties at Indianapolis Speedway
were intensified. Lessons
learned from the races have con
tributed to the improvement of
passenger car tires.
AT INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY; O. K. Forrester (left), and
George D. Hellenbeck of Firestone Steel Products, Wyandotte, Mich.
Forrester Attended ‘500’ Classic
O. K. Forrester, Overseer in
Spooling and Winding, attended
the Memorial Day 500-mile auto
races in Indianapolis, Ind., May
30. He and C. J. Norris of the
Bennettsville, S. C., Firestone
plant made the trip as guests of
the Company, in recognition of
their work as leaders in their
respective plants during the re
cent Company-wide campaign
to sell U. S. Savings Bonds
through payroll deduction.
In Indianapolis they joined
other men who were also hon
ored as Bond drive chairmen in
Firestone plants that reached a
goal of at least 95 per cent par
ticipation in the recent cam
You’ve waited for several months. Now that
vacation days are here, make them happy with
a planned vacation that is pleasant, not ex
hausting. In the excitement and anticipation of
days off from work with a trip to new places and
interesting activities, it is easy to forget the
commonsense planning and precautions that help
add up to a vacation well spent.
Here are some common suggestions which
you probably know, but may forget.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME . . .
1. Inform police how long house will be vacant
and where you can be reached in emergency.
2. Service your car thoroughly, with close
attention to safety features, such as lights, tires,
brakes, steering, windshield wipers.
3. P\it a first aid kit and flashlight in the glove
compartment of the car. Or if you are traveling
by other means, tuck one in your baggage. For
the car, be sure you have a set of tire tools.
4. Stop milk, newspaper and other deliveries.
Maybe a neighbor can keep advertising circulars
off your porch. *
5. Lock windows and doors, especially base
ment windows and coal chute.
6. Notify postoffice to hold mail, or arrange
delivery to a neighbor.
7. Let the window shades stay up. If you are
gone for several days, arrange to have your lawn
mowed. Prowlers watch for such tips.
8. Shut off gas and water at main valves. Cut
off electricity at master switch unless refrigera
tor or freezer is to be left on. If current is to be
left on, disconnect lamps and other appliances.
WHILE ON THE WAY . . .
1. Don’t speed—you may not live to get there.
2. Rest along the way.
3. Understand the driving techniques in dif
ferent localities. An example: Using the motor
compression to help braking is necessary in
4. Educate yourself on signs and signals
driving in different parts of the country.
5. Don’t watch the scenery too much from a
moving vehicle. Stop and look as long as you
wish. Don’t leave the small children unattended
in the car.
WHEN YOU GET THERE . . .
1. Let your vacation be what it is intended to
be—relax. Go easy on exercise. Take the sun in
easy doses. Wear sunglasses. Have suntan lotion.
2. Stay out of deep water if you don’t know
how to swim. Swim with someone else. Wait two
hours after eating before going into water.
3. When boating or canoeing, step in or out
of a boat with care, always using the middle.
Distribute the weight evenly; don’t stand up.
Rocking the boat can be disastrous. Postpone
boating in rough or stormy weather. Careful
with gasoline when filling the motor of your
4. While fishing, dress for protection against
insect stings, wind, sun. Wade carefully to guard
against drowning. Be careful with hooks to avoid
^injury^ to yourself_and^j:Qmpanions._ If^ injured,
disinfect immediately. Carry your own drinking
water. Leave the lake or stream water alone
unless it has been boiled.
5. Be alert to outwit the insects. Carry first aid
materials for stings and bites. See a doctor if an
imbedded tick refuses to be removed by ordinary
means, such as a drop of turpentine or kerosene.
6. Poisonous plants and happy vacations don’t
mix. Dress to prevent exposure to them. Poison
ivy and poison oak leaves are oval-shaped and
grow in groups of three. Mature plants have
white, waxy berries. If you think you’ve been
exposed, wash with strong soap and hot water.
If skin becomes severely irritated, see a doctor.
7. Include in your first aid equipment remedies
for snake and animal bites. If bitten by a poison
ous reptile, lose no time in getting to a doctor,
if one is available.
8. Keep your camp stove or camp fire under
control. To leave behind you the destruction of
a forest fire would surely take the fun out of
an otherwise happy vacation.
paign. The Bennettsville plant
attained 100 per cent subscrip
tion; the Gastonia plant, 97.1 per
IT WAS the second trip for
Mr. Forrester as guest of the
Company. For the May 29 trip
to Indianapolis, Mr. Forrester
and Mr, Norris went by plane
to Atlanta and took a special
flight around Stone Mountain.
Then they took a plane for In
dianapolis, where the main fea
ture of their visit was the race
classic May 30. There they saw
Pat Flaherty race to victory in
the ‘500’ contest. It was the 33rd
straight year that cars in the
race were run on Firestone tires.
Volume V, No. 7, July, 1956
Published by The Firestone Tire 8c Rubber Company, Firestone Textiles Division,
Gastonia, North Carolina. Department of Public Relations
CARDING —Edna Harris, Jim Ballew,
SPINNING—Lillie Brown, Mary Turner,
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Ophelia Wallace,
TWISTING—Elease Cole, Pearl Aldridge,
Corrie Johnson, Lorene Owensby,
Dorothy Baber, Dean Haun, and Vera
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elmina Brad
SYC WEAVING—Lucille Davis, Sara
Davis, Nina Milton, Juanita McDonald.
CORD WEAVING—Roy Davis, Irene
Odell, Mary Johnson.
QUALITY CONTROL — Sally Crawford,
Leila Rape, and Louella Queen,
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Elizabeth
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrep.
WAREHOUSE — Patsy Haynes, George
Harper, Albert Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey.
PLASTIC DIP—Jennie Bradley.
MAIN OFFICE—Doris McCready.
SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE—Sue Van
PERSONNEL OFFICE—Bea Bradshaw.
Claude Callaway, Editor