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On piste safety

The International Ski Federation's rules of conduct

For all mountain users, the International Ski Federation (FIS) has ten rules for skiers/snowboarders to help everyone stay safe on the slopes and they should be followed at all times.

These are the ten FIS Rules of Conduct:
1.    Respect: Do not endanger others.
2.    Control: Adapt the manner and speed of your skiing to your ability and to the general conditions on the mountain.
3.    Choice of route: The skier/snowboarder in front has priority - leave enough space.
4.    Overtaking: Leave plenty of space when overtaking a slower skier/snowboarder.
5.    Entering and starting: Look up and down the mountain each time before starting or entering a marked run.
6.    Stopping: Only stop at the edge of the piste or where you can easily be seen.
7.    Climbing: When climbing up or down, always keep to the side of the piste.
8.    Signs: Obey all signs and markings - they are there for your safety.
9.    Assistance: In case of accidents provide help and alert the rescue service.
10.    Identification: All those involved in an accident, including witnesses, should exchange names and addresses. 

If you are unfortunate to be injured in an accident or witness and accident, there are a few pointers which will help:
•    Assisting In Case Of An Accident
•    Secure the accident area.
•    Protect with crossed skis or planted snowboard above the injure person. If necessary post someone up the slope to give warning. 

First Aid - asses the general condition of the casualty:
•    Airway - check it is clear
•    Breathing - check for breathing
•    Circulation -  cover any wound and apply firm pressure
•    Provide warmth - give nothing to eat or drink, especially alcohol. 

Alert the rescue service:
•    Contact the resort's emergency service - the telephone number is normally on the piste map
•    Place of accident (piste name and nearest piste marker)
•    Number of people injured
•    Type of injury 

Establish the facts of the accident:
•    Names and addresses of people involved and of witnesses.
•    Place, time and circumstances of accident.
•    Terrain, snow conditions and visibility.
•    Markings and signs.
•    Report to the police as soon as possible.

Watch the Ski Clubs guide to being prepared:

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