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Snowmobiling Safely

This is an excerpt from the article, “CPSC Issures Safety Tips On Winter Sports.”  For more information please visit

CPSC Issues Safety Tips On Winter Sports


Snowmobiling. More than 2.5 million snowmobiles will hit the open country of North America this winter. (1.5 million in the United States and 2 million in Canada). Commission staff have found that the majority of snowmobile accidents involved collisions with fixed or moving objects such as fence posts, barbed wire, trees, cars, and other snowmobiles. Last year, the National Safety Council recorded about 156 deaths associated with snowmobiles.

Fatalities have resulted from riding on thin ice, freezing when stranded after a breakdown, and decapitation by running through a barbed wire fence.

Contributing factors in accidents examined included excessive speed, product failure due to design or deterioration, darkness, bad weather, and the derring-do of some drivers.

According to the Commission’s Bureau of Epidemiology, injuries associated with snowmobiles are relatively severe and drivers make up the majority of those injured.

The Commission makes the following recommendations to snowmobilers:

  1. Follow local regulations and operation instructions.
  2. Become familiar with the particular model of snowmobile before driving. A number of accidents involved veteran drivers accustomed to a different make or model.
  3. Wear goggles, helmets with chin straps, and protective clothing.
  4. Inspect the entire machine, brakes, throttle control, lights, and emergency shut-off switch before departing. Never start without a full tank of gas.
  5. Take extra spark plugs, tools, a first aid kit, and other repair and survival supplies such as flares and matches.
  6. Know the terrain. Know where fences, gullies, and rocks may be hidden. Beware of open bodies of water and thin ice.
  7. Avoid driving at night and in bad weather. A single strand of barbed wire is hard to see.
  8. Remember that the loud noise generated by the snowmobile may prevent hearing approaching trains and cars. Be alert.
  9. On long trips, travel in groups. In case of emergencies, someone can go for help.
  10. Never drink intoxicating beverages and drive at the same time.

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Hockey, Sledding, and Tobogganing

This is an excerpt from the article, “CPSC Issures Safety Tips On Winter Sports.”  For more information please visit

CPSC Issues Safety Tips On Winter Sports

Hockey. Hockey-related injuries recorded by the Commission include ice, street, field, and gym hockey. A major hazard in injuries associated with hockey was poor or ill fitting equipment and, in some cases, no equipment at all. During practice and fun sessions, young hockey players did not bother to wear face masks, helmets, or gloves, and were injured seriously. Poor sportsmanship also played a prominent role in hockey injuries. Players hit other players and bystanders who happened to get in the way.

Sledding. Never sled on the street or on hills that lead directly into the street. Numerous accidents occurred when sledders hit bumps, curbs, or rammed a car. Also, never hook rides on the bumpers of cars.

Tobogganing. The most important advice for toboganners is to keep hands, arms, and legs inside to avoid limb injuries.

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Safety Tips on Winter Sports – Part 2

December 27, 2012

This is an excerpt from the article, “CPSC Issures Safety Tips On Winter Sports.”  For more information please visit

CPSC Issues Safety Tips On Winter Sports

Skating. Recommendations to skaters include:

  1. Never skate alone. Insist that children skate with a friend or in a group.
  2. Stick to shallow flooded fields and supervised areas. Never skate on lakes, ponds, or rivers until the ice has been tested by a local official. Never skate close to open bodies of water.
  3. Keep small children off the ice except when closely supervised by adults.
  4. Never build fires on ice. Avoid driving cars on ice.
  5. In case of a fall into icy water, the National Safety Council suggests:
  • Try to keep calm. Do not thrash around. Extend arms over edge of ice and kick vigorously to propel yourself onto the ice. A pocket knife, belt buckle, or keys might help to get a grasp. Once onto the ice, roll gently away from the break and do not stand up until on a firm surface.
  • To rescue others. Do not walk up to the break. Move slowly and carefully and lie down flat on the ice to distribute weight. Use a reaching aid, such as a rope, board, blanket, sled, or jacket. If possible, form a human chain, each person holding onto the heels of the next person.


Christmas Tree Safety

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Safety Tips On Winter Sports – Skiing

CPSC Issues Safety Tips On Winter Sports

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dee 16) –Winter wonderland means fun for millions, but for 183,000 Americans winter also may mean serious sports-related injuries.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 84,000 skiers, 30,000 skaters, 30,000 hockey players, 20,000 sledders and tobogganers, and 19,000 snowmobilers will require hospital emergency room treatment for injuries this year.

Proper and well-fitting equipment, physical conditioning, common sense, and good sportsmanship could eliminate some accidents. Injury data compiled by the Commission reveal major hazard patterns associated with various winter sports and indicate suggestions about how other accidents also might be avoided.

Skiing. Investigations of skiing accidents show that injuries occurred when bindings did not release and when the skier was going too fast, lost control, or hit a mogul. A number of accidents happened when the skier was tired.

Commission recommendations to skiers include:

  1. Take lessons from an expert. Studies show that beginners are hurt more frequently, so advancement is desirable.
  2. Use good quality equipment that fits well.
  3. Be sure that equipment is clean–no dirt or salt between boots, bindings, and binding mechanism.
  4. Proper adjustment of bindings could lessen the likelihood of leg injuries. Beginners might test abilities to get out of bindings with muscle power by standing in the skis and twisting and pulling to release the toe and heel pieces.
  5. Approach tow lifts with caution. Beware of long scarves that could become entangled in the tow rope.
  6. Never tackle a slope that is obviously beyond personal skiing abilities. Ski marked trails and observe ski trail signs.

Impaired Driving – Part 5

This is an excerpt from the article, “Impaired Driving: Get the Facts.”  For more information please visit

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Whenever your social plans involve alcohol, make plans so that you don’t have to drive after drinking. For example:

  • Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
  • If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

Holiday Decoration Safety Tips – Part 5

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Artificial snow sprays can irritate lungs if inhaled. To avoid injury, read container labels; follow directions carefully.


Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the label from an independent testing laboratory.

Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.

Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage.

Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.

Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire.

Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.

The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and any person touching a branch could be electrocuted! To avoid this danger, use colored spotlights above or beside a tree, never fastened onto it!

Keep “bubbling” lights away from children. These lights with their bright colors and bubbling movement can tempt curious children to break candle-shaped glass, which can cut, and attempt to drink liquid, which contains a hazardous chemical.