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Jet Ski Safety
Jet Skis offer a fun and invigorating ride on the water whether it’s a lake, reservoir, bay, ocean, or river. However, Jet Ski accidents include 26% of all registered marine vessel accidents in the U.S. It is extremely important for a ski operator to understand his/her watercraft prior to taking it on the water. It is also an important reminder that the Jet Ski continues to travel in the same direction when the engine is off. If the power is off, the Jet Ski will not steer.
Key Safety Points:
· Lifejackets: All riders should use a properly fitted US Coast Guard –approved personal floatation device
· Key: Securely attach engine cutoff lanyard to your wrist or personal flotation device
· Distractions: Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
· Drinking: Now is not a good time!
· Safe distance: Avoid passing to close to other vessels, splashing people, & jumping wakes
· Swim ability: Know your own swimming abilities/limitations
***Ride within your limits & allow sufficient distance To Stop***
Free Online Boating Courses by State
Jet Ski Safety Tips
SeaDoo Safety Tips
How To Ride a Jet Ski
Socially Responsible Use of Jet Skis
Golf Cart Safety
Golf cart injuries are thought to be uncommon and not often cause critical injury but statistics prove otherwise. According to Kristopher Seluga (Tampa Bay Tribune, 2012), someone dies every week from falling out of a golf cart. He notes that it is often a left turn that catapults the person from the vehicle because the passenger has nothing to hold onto and the rail on the outside acts as a fulcrum sending the person up and over often causing them to land on their head. He also notes that children are at an additional risk because they do not have the ability to brace their feet on the floorboard.
According to Watson, et al. (2008) hospitalization from golf cart mishaps occurs in almost 8% of total injuries with the most common cause of injury falling form the golf cart. Injuries to children account for almost 1/3 of golf cart injuries. According to Vorhies (2014), golf carts are prone to rollover and often weight up to 1,000 pounds making a passenger especially vulnerable if the vehicle rolls over and lands on the person. Golf carts do not enclose the passengers and do not often come with seatbelts. Golf carts do not have brakes on all 4 wheels which allow the vehicle to fishtail and the driver to lose control. Finally, golf carts are meant for golf courses at speeds of around 10 MPH not roadways with speeds of up to 25 MPH.
Golf cart deaths more common than thought
Golf cart debacle up for debate, but here is the data to consider
State Golf carts laws/regulations
Golf Cart Safety Fundamentals
Golf Cart Safety PDF
Guidelines For Safe Use
Golf Cart Safety Training Program
Snowmobiling has become a popular winter sport enjoyed by more than 2 million people of all ages in North America. However, the modern snowmobile can weigh in excess of 600 pounds and travel at speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour. Each year snowmobile accidents produce approximately 200 deaths and 14,000 injuries. Excess speed, alcohol, driver inexperience, and poor judgment are the leading causes of accidents. Injuries incurred in children and adults often are extremity fractures, but can involve any organ system. Similar to motor vehicle accidents, multi-system trauma occurs frequently with head injury the leading cause of death.
Snowmobile Injuries in North America
Snowmobile Safety Tips
Snowmobile laws and rules by state
Snowmobile Safety Tips by the Minnesota DNR
Snowmobile Ice Safety Tips from the Minnesota DNR
Snowmobile Safety Tips from Snow Tracks
Snowmobile Safety Courses by State
Approved ACSA Snowmobiling Hand Signals
Safe Riding is Great Riding (IASA) Booklet
Snowmobiling Do's and Don'ts
Snowmobiling & Alcohol Don't Mix
Snowmobile Inspection Checklist
Dirt Bike Safety
Off-roading is a recreational activity that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, but the risk of injury is present for all when these vehicles are driven across rough and rocky terrain.
Data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nonfatal injuries caused by dirt bike accidents increased by 1/3 in 2001 - 2004, the last period for which data is available. Injuries sustained while riding a dirt bike can be painful, life-altering or even fatal, whether racing motocross or traversing trails in the woods.