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What To Do In Case Of An Avalanche

If you find yourself in an avalanche, do the following:

  • Move away from machines, equipment, and any heavy objects in order to avoid injury.

  • Grab and hold onto something that is sturdy and anchored (tree, boulder, etc) in order to not be swept away by the avalanche.

  • Keep your mouth closed and your jaw tight.

  • If the avalanche is pulling you under, try to stay at the surface by mimicking the motions of swimming.

  • Try to move yourself toward the sides of the avalanche.

When the avalanche slows down, try and do the following:
  • Try to get to the surface.Emergency Survival Kit
  • Using one of your arms, create a pocket of air in front of your face.
  • Using your other arm, try to reach the surface.

When the avalanche is over, do the following:

  • Free yourself, if possible.

  • Breathe calmly, especially if you’re unable to reach the surface.

  • Stay Calm and shout for help only when a rescuer is nearby.  It’s important to save your energy.

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