Safety is snow joke

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - NEWS -

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.

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