Snowmobiling Safety Tips

By Sue Day RN

While winter brings that glistening “soft stuff” to play in in a variety of ways, it is important that we keep our guard up and follow some safety tips. This is especially important when dealing with machinery, such as snowmobiles. Here are some snowmobiling safety tips.

snowmobiling safety tips
  • Carry a first aid kit and an emergency survival kit.
  • Ensure that children wear a helmet - parents should too. Most places have laws with respect to helmets on snowmobiles.
  • Maintain control and never go too fast.
  • Leave an itinerary with someone so they know where you are going and when you are expected back.
  • Keep a trail map with you and know where you are. Stay on marked trails.
  • Be aware of the snow conditions and avalanche warnings.
  • Make sure the equipment is well maintained and appropriate for the age and ability of the user. Courses are available to learn safe operating procedures for snowmobiles.
  • Snowmobilers can suffer hearing loss from excess engine noise. Limit children's exposure to this noise.
  • Ensure children do not touch hot surfaces on machines and keep them away from gasoline and other chemicals.
  • Never take children on frozen lakes and rivers. Watch for hazards such as tree stumps, fences, and crossing other trails. Proceed at a safe speed and use caution on unfamiliar trails.
  • Consider pagers and a cell phone (keep them inside your jacket so the battery is kept warm).
  • Snowmobiles should not be used to tow a tie, tub, sled, or saucer. Only specifically designed tow carts should be used.
  • Never snowmobile alone.
  • Avoid scarves, loose clothing, and tie up long hair that can get caught on trees or in equipment.
  • Ensure children are well away when loading and unloading machines.