Winter Sports Safety

Created on Thursday, 13 January 2011 01:04
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Winter Sport SafetyNorth America offers an abundance of sports activities during the winter season. From skiing and snowboarding to ice climbing, hiking and other outdoor adventures, people of all ages should follow the safety rules of the specific sport.

1. Before you head out, make sure that all of your equipment is in proper working order.  A well-fitting certified helmet will help provide a safer wintertime experience whether you are skiing, sledding, snowboarding or skating.

2. Dress in multiple, lightweight layers to stay warm and dry while enjoying the outdoors.

3. Be prepared for any type of weather condition you might end up in. Check the weather forecast!

4. If you are heading into the backcountry, never travel alone. You should always let someone know your route and estimated time of return.

5. Skiers and snowboarders should go on runs that are appropriate for their ability. Stay in control at all times and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. Obey all posted signs and warnings, those "out of bounds" signs are there for a reason!

6. No matter what sport you participate in, always stay focused on the activity and the terrain you are on.  Remember to rest when you are tired.

7.  Carry a backpack with essential items: an extra jacket, extra fleece type layer, knife, headlamp, water, water proof matches, fire starter (such as cotton), extra gloves etc.