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2. Give Moose - Deer or whatever large animal you encounter ample space to move off the trail
3. If you suddenly encounter an animal - Slow Down and Stop. Do not move toward an animal or corner it and do not turn off your sled
4. Do not approach animals- observe from a distance and enjoy your wildlife meeting
Someone there to help in an emergency could mean the difference between life and death, Help to get unstuck, start your sled, call or go for help is just plain a good idea. Anyway it's more fun to ride with a friend.There are always people willing to ride. Come to a meeting or one of our many events and I'm sure you will meet some new friends to ride with.
Staying on the official club trails is always the best idea. These trails are maintained not only for ride ability, but also for safety. If you must ride on local or private trails (with proper permissions of course), know where you are going and what kind of hazards are going to be encountered/avoided. Ride with someone that knows the way if you do not.Knowing where you are at all times will also aid if faster response to the scene in case of an accident.
It is no fun if you break down on the trail. A malfunction can also cause accidents that could result in injury. Be sure your sled is in good working order before you head out for a ride.Carry a safety kit on your slede at all times. Some items in the kit should include a flash light, tow strap, flares, siphon hose, water-proof matches or lighter, extra spark plugs, extra drive belt, tie wraps, electrical tape, hand-warmers, thermal blanket, bandages, sterile dressings, and a cell phone could also be useful.
Remember these basic tips, In case of an accident with injuries, especially broken limbs or head/neck injuries,IMMOBILIZE the victim and keep them warm. Never move an injured person unless they are in immediate danger (in water or unsafe location). Place the hand-warmers, one in each armpit and one on either side of the groin for maximum warming of the bodies core. Wrap the victim in a thermal blanket. Avoid wind if possible. Never remove the helmet in the field! Unless necessary to preform CPR, helmet removal could cause serious injury or even death! Even if the victim thinks that their head/neck is OK, try to immobilize the helmet and wait for help. EMT's are trained in proper removal of protective headgear. Call for HELP as soon as you can. Be sure to give clear directions to emergency personal as to your location and situation.
In New York State, you are not liable for any injury resulting from the efforts to lend assistance to another person as long as you are NOT a paid or compensated caregiver. This means that you should never fear helping someone could result in a lawsuit.