Staying Safe with Winter Activities


Snowmobiling

Did you know Wisconsin is the birthplace of snowmobiling? Sayner, Wisconsin to be exact. Below we are highlighting the WI DNR basic snowmobile safety code:


- Don't consume alcohol / drugs prior to or during your ride.

- Slow down and don't cut to the inside of trail corners. It's dangerous and illegal.

- Never Ride Alone! Always use a buddy system.

- Dress in layers and pack extra clothes on longer rides.

- Use a full face helmet with googles or a shield.

- Always carry a map or mapping device unless familiar with the area.

- Don't override your headlights if snowmobiling at night.

- Carry a cellphone, first aid kit and snacks in case of emergencies.

- Check to make sure your snowmobile is always in good running condition and full of gas and oil.

- Familiarize yourself with the snowmobile you are driving by reading the owner's manual.


Sledding

Planning to take the kids to the local sledding hill? Have no fear, we have some sledding safety guidelines from the National Safety Council you can use to prepare you and you family for those sledding days:


- Make sure all equipment is in good condition, free of sharp edges and cracks.

- Sled on spacious, gently sloping hills with a level run-off at the end so the sled can safely stop.

- Check slopes for bare spots, holes and obstructions; such as fences, rocks, poles or trees.

- Do not sled on or around frozen lakes, streams or ponds.

- Riders should sit or lay on their back on top of the sled with feet pointing downhill; never sled head first.

- Dress warmly, and wear thick gloves or mittens and heavy boots to protect against frostbite and injury.


Ice Fishing

It is important to take extra precautions with ice fishing as ice thickness can be a big factor when enjoying this winter activity. Below are 5 ice fishing precautions when traveling on ice from takemefishing.org:


1. Check for known thin ice areas with a local resort or bait shop. Test the thickness yourself using an ice chisel, ice auger, or even a cordless 1/4 inch drill with a long bit.


2. Refrain from driving on ice whenever possible. If you must drive a vehicle, be prepared to leave it in a hurry-- keep windows down and have a simple emergency plan of action you have discussed with your passengers.


3. Stay away from alcoholic beverages. Alcohol makes you colder rather than warming you up.


4. Don't "overdrive" your snowmobile's headlight. At even 30 mph, it can take a much longer distance to stop on ice than your headlight shines.


5. Have the right ice fishing safety gear. Wear a life vest under your winter gear. Or wear one of the new flotation snowmobile suits. It is a good idea to carry a pair of ice pricks for pulling yourself back onto solid ice if you should fall into the water.


Ice Skating

Ice skating can be a fun winter activity for all ages but it can also come with some dangers and hazards like falling, cuts, bruises, etc. Stay healthy and happy by following these safety guidelines when ice skating:


* Start slow and take your time on the ice. There's no need to rush onto the ice, since ice is slippery after all. So be sure to grab an extra pair of helping hands if its your first time and learn some ice-skating basics such as stopping and falling safely.


* Find the right size ice skates. You wouldn't want to be ice skating with ice skates too tight or too loose as it could lead to more falls on the ice. Get advice from the ice skating rental to find the right skates for you.


* Always be on the alert. Whether you are skating forward or backwards, be alert and aware of your surroundings and the people around you to prevent skating collisions and accidents.


* Obey the ice rink rules, such as skating in the same direction as other skaters.


* Consider wearing helmets, wrist guards or kneepads for young and inexperienced skaters. This will help with breaking your fall.


* Take a break. If you're getting tired or cold, take a break and grab some water or a hot chocolate nearby.


Sources:

https://govalleykids.com/indoor-ice-skating/ https://www.nymetroparents.com/article/kids-safety-tips-for-ice-skating#:~:text=Always%20obey%20rink%20rules%2C%20such,circumstances%20warrant%2C%20wear%20a%20helmet.


Skiing and Snowboarding

Ready to try something new or more adventurous this winter season? Skiing and snowboarding are two winter events that are sure to test you mentally and physically. Have fun on the slopes by keeping yourself and others safe by following the Responsibility Code from the National Ski Areas Association when hitting the slopes.

  1. Always stay in control.

  2. People ahead of you have the right of way.

  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.

  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.

  5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

  6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.

  7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

Read more about Skiing and Snowboarding Tips from the NSAA Here


Contact Paroubek Insurance today and speak with a trusted advisor to learn more about the risks and coverages you need for all your recreational vehicles.