Hit The Slopes, Not Your Head – Lids On Kids & Everyone Else too!

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Keep a Cool Head with a Hot Helmet

National Safety week occurs every year in January. This year, 2013 National Safety week takes place January 19th to January 27th. Many Ski Areas across the country participate in Safety Week to educate skiers and snowboarders about being safe, and to use common sense on the slopes.

The Importance of Wearing a Helmet When Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding are a fun past time for most people to enjoy during the winter but these two winter sports can also result in thousands of injuries each year. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2009 hospitals and medical centers stated there were about 353,346 injuries from all downhill winter sports. This agency, as well as many others, recommends that you wear a helmet especially designed for winter sports.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were a total of 17,500 injuries in 1997 that occurred as a result of skiing and snowboarding. Of those injuries, around 7,700 could have either been prevented or the injury could have been lessened if the skiers and snowboarders were all wearing helmets. Snowboarding is a more dangerous winter sports than skiing with statistics showing that 30% of snowboarders are likely to suffer head injury then skiers. For skiing and for snowboarding, one of the most common injuries comes when the person slams into a tree or other stable object.

Statistics show that during the past decade there have been around 40 fatalities each year regarding skiers and snowboarders. These statistics come from the National Ski Areas Association. Out of the 40 deaths that occur, about eight people were wearing helmets at the time of injury. This means that around 11 deaths every year could be prevented.

It is important that for skiing and snowboarding activities that you wear a helmet especially designed for skiing. Some people may be under the notion that it’s okay to wear a bike helmet when skiing but this is not the case. Ski and snowboarding helmets have more of a padding inside and are more insulated for warmth and protection than a bike helmet. Another difference between the two helmets is that ski helmets have a higher safety rating than bicycle helmets.

RIP Actress Natasha Richardson who died from an injury sustained when skiing. The was one of these unusual and tragic situations. The Tony Award-winning wife of actor Liam Neeson fell during a ski lesson on a beginner slope at a Canadian resort in March of 2009

At first, she showed no signs of major injury and was even joking about the incident, according to media accounts. But within hours, her health deteriorated and the 45-year-old mother of two was hospitalized. sunny sleevez logo

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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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4 Responses to Hit The Slopes, Not Your Head – Lids On Kids & Everyone Else too!

  1. asklotta says:

    As a mother of 7 and we all ski and snowboard…the last to get on board with a helmet is my husband! Maybe this year, maybe this year!

  2. yourothermotherhere says:

    Excellent post. I hope people pay attention.

  3. Suze says:

    Kids arent allowed on the slopes in Australia without lids. I wont go out without one either. keeps my head warm too 🙂

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