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.
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