Winter is around the corner and with it comes fun recreational activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snowmobiling to name a few. These are great ways to spend the winter with your friends and family, but it’s important to ensure you’re prepared for any emergency situation. Here are some safety tips for staying safe while enjoying the many winter sports:
- Prepare for the worst- Pack for more than expected in every sense, harsh winter weather and storms can delay travel to and from wherever you are engaging in winter recreation. Bring extra food water and clothes just in case.
- Know what you are doing- Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, etc. are a lot more dangerous when you don’t know what you are doing. Seek out training and experience and start slow when partaking in any of these activities.
- Check your equipment- Before you set out, test whatever equipment you will be using to make sure that it will hold up in a high stress environment. The last thing you want is your equipment to break on the first day.
- Keep your eyes up- Always be looking forward and be aware of your surroundings. Losing focus of what is in front of you is the best way to get into a collision, keep your head on a swivel in the case of cross traffic on the trails.
- Let others know your whereabouts- If you are going away for an extended stay, make sure to tell several family members or co-workers where you are going and when you are expecting to be back. If you get lost people will begin searching for you immediately if they know you’re gone past your expected return point.
- Wear a helmet- A helmet and googles are essential for protecting yourself during winter recreational activities, always wear both. This is the best way to ensure your basic safety and protect your head.
Check out this Winter Safety Checklist for more information on how to stay safe this winter.