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Intermountain Healthcare hosts mountain safety events to keep Utah skiers and sledders out of the ER

Jan 20, 2023, 2:42 PM

Two events hosted by Intermountain Healthcare trauma teams educated Utah skiers and sledders about ...

A mother and her son grab free snacks at the safety event in Deer Valley Resort.(Waverly Golden/ KSL NewRadio)

(Waverly Golden/ KSL NewRadio)

PARK CITY, Utah — Trauma experts at Intermountain Healthcare are working to keep Utah skiers and sledders safe as the state racks up some of the highest snowfall totals in North America. 

Today at Deer Valley Resort was the first of two educational-safety events that aim to raise awareness about wearing a helmet. 

At today’s event, Smith Optics donated around 50 helmets to anyone who owns a misfitting one. Of those who traded in their helmets for a new one, the oldest helmet traded dates back 20 years. 

Old helmets traded in.

Austin Smith, medical director of Park City Medical Department, told KSL NewsRadio that helmets have a shelf life and it’s important to replace them when the time comes. 

The Tibble Fork parking lot in American Fork Canyon is hosting the second educational safety event for Utah skiers and sledders between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday. 

In addition to free helmets, safety information, hot chocolate and granola bars are available to participants at tomorrow’s event.

According to the National Ski Areas Association, helmets can reduce head injuries by 30% to 50%.

Furthermore, the CDC reminds lovers of the outdoors that even professionals can be seriously injured in accidents. Therefore, wearing a helmet is your best way to prevent serious head injuries. 

Throughout the year, trauma teams host events educating people on staying safe while enjoying the many activities Utah has to offer. 

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Intermountain Healthcare hosts mountain safety events to keep Utah skiers and sledders out of the ER