For many New Jersey residents, winter means skiing, sledding, and snowboarding fun. It’s exciting to enjoy the winter weather and feel the wind in your face as you skim across the ice and snow.
Understand that winter fun arrives with risks. Skiers must control their speed and equipment. It’s essential to stay alert. According to the National Ski Areas Association, about 40 skiers die each year in skiing or snowboarding accidents.
Broken bones, head injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and paralysis result in several hundred other annual ski and snowboard accidents each year.
Use these tips to stay safe while you’re having fun on the slopes this winter season:
- Safety equipment. Wearing a helmet on the slopes can protect you against some accidents. Buy a helmet that’s specifically designed for snowboarding and skiing. Select a certified helmet when possible. The Snell Memorial Foundation and the American Society of Testing and Materials certify skiing and snowboarding helmets.
- Consider a wrist guard. Protect your wrists if you’re an avid snowboarder.
- Wear goggles. Make sure to wear goggles in poor weather or when the slope’s snow-making machines are being operated.
- Chairlift safety. Regardless of your experience as a skier, pay attention. Follow the instructions offered by the ski attendant.
- Ski at your level. Take skiing or snowboarding instruction from a qualified instructor. This will help to control your speed. Prevent skiing accidents by staying on the proper trails for your experience level.
- Follow the rules. A skier in front of you has the “right of way.” Announce your movements if you pass another skier. Allow sufficient room for him or her to make a movement.
- Get rest. A skiing or snowboarding injury is most likely to occur at the end of a multi-day trip (or at the end of your day). Take rest during the day or, better yet, take a day off to rest.
- Don’t get distracted. Avoid using a mobile phone or headphones when you’re enjoying winter sports. You may injure yourself and others.
- Notify the ski facility if you’re injured. Ask beforehand about how the facility responds to injuries and the steps you should take if you or someone in your party is injured.
Unfortunately, serious accidents happen on the ski slope. Traumatic brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries can happen. If you or someone close to you is injured at a ski slope, at an ice skating rink, or at a snowboarding facility, contact Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. at 732-709-7992 or via our online contact form now.
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