An accident on the ski slope can happen anytime, even with experienced skiers or snowboarders. Do you know who you should alert? How should the accident site be secured? What first aid can you provide? REGA, the Swiss Air Rescue Service shares some simple ways to help.
1) Secure the accident site by placing a pair of crossed skis upright in the snow at a sufficient distance from the casualty
2) Provide first aid to the injured person
3) Alert the piste rescue service by reporting the place and time of the accident, the number of casualties and the nature of the injuries.
4) After a collision, note all the facts: names and addresses of those involved and of any witnesses, as well as the place, time and circumstances of the collision
5) In the event of life-threatening situations or avalanches call Rega directly via their emergency number 1414.
You can read more about the REGA rescue service and also about winter sport injuries:
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