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1.     Describe the practices of safe recreational snowmobiling.

Jul 14th, 2015

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Snowmobiles continue to pose a significant risk to children younger than 15 years of age and young adults aged 15 to 24 years. Head injuries remain the leading cause of mortality and serious morbidity, arising largely when snowmobilers collide, fall or overturn during operation. Children have also been injured while being towed by snowmobiles in a variety of conveyances. No uniform code of provincial or territorial laws governs the use of snowmobiles by children and youth. Because evidence supporting the effectiveness of operator safety certification is lacking, and because many children and adolescents do not have the required strength and skills to operate a snowmobile safely, the Canadian Paediatric Society does not recommend the recreational operation of snowmobiles by persons younger than 16 years of age. Snowmobiles should not be used to tow anyone on a tube, tire, sled or saucer. Furthermore, we recommend a graduated licensing program for snowmobilers 16 years of age and older. This statement suggests both active and passive snowmobile injury prevention strategies, and recommends that manufacturers make safer equipment for snowmobilers of all ages.


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