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Proper Safety Equipment for Ice Hockey...

More than 2 million boys and girls under the age of 18 are playing hockey in the United States. Several rule changes, technological advancements in equipment, and mandatory wearing of helmets and face masks have made hockey a safer sport for all to play and enjoy. Hockey is a collision sport and injuries do occur. But with certified, quality, well-fitting equipment, the frequency and severity of these injuries can be decreased. Helmets and face masks:Most hockey injuries occur to the head and face. Lacerations (cuts) to the skull and face, along with concussions, have been minimized by the mandatory wearing of helmets and face masks at most levels of play. In youth, high school, and college hockey, helmets...

posted on: Dec 27, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Snowmobiling Safety Helped in Rescue

Several times, rescue efforts had to be halted to ensure safety for the searchers, as road conditions began to get dangerous because of heavy snow conditions and avalanches. The two families were snowmobiling together. The leader of the group had 15 years of experience in snowmobiling and was carrying standard safety equipment like avalanche beacons, a shovel, a good backpack and other safety equipment. They had been expected to be back by Friday evening, but failed to show up on schedule. Last week, too, a woman and two young boys became lost while snowmobiling in Maine. A short hop turned into an ordeal that lasted over 12 hours when their snowmobile got stuck in deep snow. The three...

Snowmobiling Safety Helped in Rescue
posted on: Dec 27, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Going Snowboarding? Think Safety!

* Make sure you are dressed for safety. Like ski clothes, there are appropriate snowboarding outfits that you can use for outer garments. Dress in several layers of tops and pants before putting on the snowboarding jacket. Don’t forget the proper mittens and boots. * If you are still shopping for snowboarding wear, go for water- and wind-resistant fabrics. Garments with collars that cover the neck completely will be beneficial for wind resistance. * Have the proper equipment. Everything you use should fit just right. Smaller kids may be tempted to use equipment that belonged to older siblings, hoping to grow into the gear. This should be discouraged: equipment that is too big will be more difficult to...

Going Snowboarding? Think Safety!
posted on: Dec 26, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Going Skiing? Watch Out For Avalanches...

Three U.S. deaths occurred in “safe” ski resorts, where the slopes are usually patrolled and fatal avalanches seldom happen. Mark Moore, the director of the Seattle-based Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, says the situation has made everyone very worried: this kind of problem has not occurred in ski resorts for many years. Weathermen have described the unstable snow pack as similar to a brick resting on top of a pyramid of potato chips. The point is this: conditions are very dangerous. The strange weather this winter has produced treacherous slopes covering an unusually broad stretch — Mammoth Mountain in Southern California to Mt. Baldy in Utah, to Crested Butte, Colorado to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and further northwards to...

Going Skiing? Watch Out For Avalanches
posted on: Dec 25, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Michigan Repeals Motorcycle Helmet Law...

Courtesy of EHStoday – Motorcyclists in Michigan are now free to ride without helmets following the state’s repeal of a helmet law – a change that has raised concerns among safety advocates. In April, Michigan repealed its law requiring motorcycle riders aged 21 and over to wear helmets. In several states, the issue of legislating motorcycle helmet use has become controversial, with some arguing that helmet laws infringe on rider freedom. Thomas Esposito, M.D., chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, isn’t buying that argument. In fact, he points out that the rights of non-riders may be compromised when helmet laws are not in...

posted on: Jun 1, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Recent ATV accidents remind parents of safety issues...

Courtesy of KSLA-TV – Allison Paige Simmons died on Sunday after being thrown from an ATV in Ida, Louisiana. Simmons was one of five passengers, all children, riding on the side-by-side ATV and thrown off after the driver swerved to miss a tree limb. According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, none of the children were wearing seat belts or helmets. Riding ATV’s is a popular activity for kids during the summer and this incident reminds parents of the dangers, especially for young children. Mark Alleman, general manager at Alleman Cycle Plex, said side-by-side vehicles would not be appropriate for a child to drive. The ATV can hit speeds of 55 miles per hour and weighing around 1,500...

posted on: May 2, 2012 | author: Staff writer

IndyCar drivers foresee safer sport in 2012...

Courtesy of SI.com, Associated Press – INDIANAPOLIS (AP) With the IndyCar Series still recovering from Dan Wheldon’s death, race director Beaux Barfield said double-file restarts would be scrapped at Indianapolis, Texas and Fontana and more changes to improve safety could be announced before next month’s season-opener at St. Petersburg. "Oh yeah, there will be lots more to come," Bernard said Tuesday after the two-day state of the series summit wrapped up in Indianapolis. Bernard didn’t provide hints about what other announcements are pending. It’s all part of a plan to make courses safer and revamp IndyCar’s image after two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in an accident at last year’s season-finale in Las Vegas. The wreck...

posted on: Feb 15, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Sports pitches closed after inspection reveals safety issues...

TWO synthetic sports pitches in the Isle of Man have been closed due to problems with their floodlights. Engineers have found potential safety problems with the lights at the pitches in Peel and Castletown following a routine five year inspection....

posted on: Feb 6, 2012 | author: Staff writer

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