Avoiding Injuries on the Slopes This Winter

Some of us enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or other fun activities on our local mountains this time of year. However, if proper precautions aren’t taken when having fun on wintery slopes, accidents are likely to occur and may even be fatal. Every ski season, an average of 40 fatal accidents take place on the slopes and roughly 2 injuries for every 1,000 skiers occur. Although these statistics are low compared to past years, there are still precautions that can be made to ensure the safety of yourself as long as others when skiing the slopes.   Check out these safety tips before hitting the slopes this season:

Get Your Equipment Checked Before: Ski shops can help you with this. They can ensure t hat your ski clothing and boots fit properly and that the bindings are set to release at appropriate times.

Teach Beginners the Basics: If you’re teaching your kids to ski or snowboard for the first time, teach them the basics such as how to fall properly, how to stop and how to control their movement. Falling improperly, such as throwing your hands, legs or arms out, can results in serious injury. Give your kids a professional lesson before going off by themselves or with you for the first time. Make sure they know how to get on and off the chairlift properly.

Wear a Helmet but Don’t Rely on It: Wearing a helmet is important while skiing or snowboarding, especially for beginners. However, a helmet may only protect you from minor head injuries and it will not protect you from other body part injuries, such as a broken leg. Always know the basics to safety before heading out for the first time.

Know Your Limits: How long have you been skiing or snowboarding? How often do you go every year? Know your capabilities and your limits! Never attempt a difficult trail if it is out of your comfort zone or expertise level. Always follow your gut.

Next time you are thinking about taking a trip to the slopes, remember to take these precautions first in order to avoid serious injury.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured as a result of a defective product, including skis, snowboards or chairlifts, Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

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