Expatriates who live in a part of the world where skiing becomes a popular activity during the winter should think about safety before hitting the slopes.
It is important to wear clothing to keep a skier warm, goggles to protect the eyes and sunscreen to prevent against harm to the skin from the sun's rays.
Further to this it is a good idea to wear a helmet as both experienced and beginner skiers can find themselves being involved in accidents.
When such incidents occur the head is a particularly vulnerable part of the body and protecting it can save an expatriate's life.
This was exemplified in 2009 when the actress Natasha Richardson died after suffering a head injury during a skiing lesson.
She refused medical attention on several occasions, but later complained of having a headache and died from an epidural hematoma.
Richardson had not been wearing a helmet when she fell and injured herself, but it could have prevented the situation from being so bad if she had worn one.
Ian Galbraith, a spokesman for the Mont Tremblant ski resort where the lesson was being carried out, said: "We recommend all skiers and boarders wear helmets, [but] it is a matter of personal preference whether our guests choose to do so."
Since the incident there have been calls to make wearing a helmet mandatory before skiers take to the slopes, but resorts have not implemented such a policy.
Richardson's tragic death has led many skiers to don helmets when participating in the sport as it highlighted the extreme consequences which neglecting to do so can achieve.
Some expatriates may think that it is not worth investing in a helmet if they only go skiing once or twice a year, but it is worth the small expense to give them peace of mind.
When all safety precautions are followed, skiing can be a fun pastime in the winter months.
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