Safety is snow joke
WINTER is well and truly underway and Victoria Police are once again asking those travelling to the Alps to keep themselves safe.
General duties police with the help of the Operations Response Unit will have a seven day a week presence at Mt Hotham and Falls Creek for the duration of the season.
Assistant Commissioner Rick Nugent said police will be focused on the key issues they see every year at the snow.
“Generally everyone who visits the snow is well behaved and we don’t have too many issues. However, each year we do see a small number of thefts, car accidents, missing people and rescues,” he said.
“A lot of these things are avoidable and we ask the community to look after their safety while they are enjoying the snow.
“The best advice police can give is to be prepared for your trip.
“Planning and preparation are the keys to having a safe and enjoyable alpine experience.”
Here are our tips for having a safe trip to the snow:
When it comes to road safety travelling on alpine roads in winter can be dangerous, unless special driving techniques are used. Driving on roads with snow and/or ice cover not only requires concentration and adept driving skills, but also a lot of patience.
There are a number of common sense measures you can take to reduce theft of your property such as knowing where your skis/board are all times, keeping them secure and keeping valuables out of sight.
There may be occasions where we will not be able to rescue or search for those who are injured or lost due to environmental conditions. It is imperative that those attending snow environments, whether in resorts or outside the resorts prepare appropriately and understand the conditions and environment. Be aware that conditions can and will change quickly.
To prevent an emergency search and rescue situation plan your trip carefully, let someone know where you are going and how long you’ll be, wear appropriate wind and waterproof clothing, take care of and check your equipment before skiing or boarding, regularly check weather and snow conditions and if lost – stop, seek shelter and wait. If going outside the boundaries of the resorts, consider the risks associated with avalanches, in particular after heavy snow falls.
You can visit the Victoria Police website for further advice and to download a trip intentions form.
This form should be filled out and left with a reliable friend, family member or responsible authority.
Assistant Commissioner Nugent also said people need to make sure they enjoy themselves responsibly after a long day of snow activities
“It’s important in this environment that you have your wits about you so drink responsibly,” he said.
“Police will be working with local licensees and doing spot checks at pubs and bars.”
If you need emergency assistance while you’re on the mountain call Triple Zero (000).
DANGEROUS: Police are warning people to take care at Alpine resorts after two men were taken to hospital when their car slipped off the road at Mt Hotham on the Monday following opening weekend.