Stay Safe on the Slopes
The number one cause of injury on the slopes every year is pulled or strained muscles, and the number one cause of death when downhill skiing or snowboarding is head injury, usually caused by hitting a stationary object. Although injuries are common, deaths are fortunately rare, but it nevertheless is important as each new season arrives for everybody to reacquaint themselves with some of the basic safety issues of the slopes.
Pulled muscles and tendons, twisted ankles, and other more minor injuries are usually the result of a person being out of shape when ski season arrives. If you’re a skier or a snowboarder, it’s important to keep up a regular exercise regimen all year by either going to the gym or by participating in summer sports. When ski season arrives, it is recommended that everyone – even the most weathered veteran – take a ski safety refresher course from a certified instructor. If you’re a novice, you should especially be certain that you know how to stop, how to fall down, and how to get back up. Be aware of weather conditions and wear proper clothing, and know the general rules and etiquette of the slopes.
One of the most important safety rules is this: never ski alone. If an injury happens, and you are alone or separated from your group, you can risk further complications or even death. This is why the SeaMe monitor by BeaconWatch can really ensure your safety when you or your loved ones are skiing. If necessary, this GPS system will help locate anyone who is injured or lost. It is a great device to have, especially when you are skiing with children, just to add an extra level of safety to your outing.