Saskatchewan is recognizing snowmobile safety week

January 15 to 21 is National Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week.

The Saskatchewan Snow Mobile association is reminding residents to keep safety in mind while riding the trails this winter.

“It’s a great sport to get involved in and it’s a wonderful winter activity but with it does come to some safety messages that need to be remembered by everybody,” says Leah Switzer, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association.

Ice and weather safety is a big issue that comes with snowmobiling. Riders should plan their routes ahead of time to account for the weather, the type of terrain they’ll be riding on, and so that they’ll know exactly where they are and where they will be, before beginning the ride.

Riders should always tell someone where they’re planning to go in case they find themselves in a situation where they’re stranded. it’s also a good idea to make sure your cell phone is fully charged or that you bring a portable charger before leaving.

People are also reminded to have the necessary safety gear like a helmet, goggles, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Occasionally, problems with your snowmobile may occur. it’s a good idea to bring a spare belt, spark plugs, and tools to do basic repairs.

Riders should always be prepared for any possible situation. Having an emergency kit that includes extra clothing, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and other emergency tools can be detrimental.

Saskatchewan has 11,000 km of snowmobiling trails. All of the information you need on the trails and their maintenance can be found on the association’s website with its interactive trail maps.

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