Safe Snowmobiling Starts at Home
ORILLIA, ON, Jan. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are reminding
riders that a snowmobile can quickly take you away from areas where
services, communities and emergency assistance are easily accessible or
Responsible snowmobilers take charge of their own safety and well-being
by preparing their sled, gear and equipment before the first ride of
the season. In addition to getting properly trained and knowing the
law, there are other factors to consider when getting ready for safe
Service Your Sled - Avoid breakdowns that can leave you stranded by having your sled
professionally serviced before your first ride.
Carry a Repair Kit - Ensure that you have either the sled manufacturer's tool kit or one
of your own on board, including owner's manual, spare belt and spark
Inspect Your Gear & Equipment - Make sure that everything still fits and works properly, and that
nothing is missing before you head out.
Prepare for First Aid - Pre-assembled first aid kits can be found at outdoor stores and
online and so can information about first aid courses.
Get a Survival Kit - Any unexpected day or night spent out in the cold will be easier with
assistance from a good survival kit, found at outdoors stores and
online, including information about winter survival courses.
Go High Tech - Devices like GPS, cell phones, satellite phones and SPOT Personal
Trackers can be very useful in avoiding or dealing with emergency
Contact Companions - Snowmobiling is more fun with riding buddies, and safer too, so avoid
riding alone by getting in touch with friends and family who can join
you on the trails.
Review Safety Tips - As experienced as you may be, it's always smart to renew your
familiarity with your sled's safety manual and the Safe Riders
messaging on the OFSC website ofsc.on.ca/safety.
The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario's highways, trails and
waterways through the reduction of preventable injury and death.
Initiatives are developed and delivered through the Provincial Traffic
Safety Program. Visit opp.ca for more information.
The OFSC is committed to proactive leadership in promoting safe,
responsible riding, on and off Ontario snowmobile trails, by building
safer snowmobiling knowledge, attitudes and behaviours through rider
education, safety legislation development and enforcement. For more
information, visit ofsc.on.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contact: OPP Sgt. Lise Grenier, Coordinator, Off-Road Safety Program
Provincial Support Unit, OPP Highway Safety Division
Phone: (705) 329-6127
OFSC: Jean Noordhoff
Phone: (705) 739-7669 ext. 234