International Snowmobile Safety Week to take place from the 11th to the 17th of January 2009

The Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ) will be supporting the initiative of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA), representing the four snowmobiler manufacturers, in the framework of International Snowmobile Safety Week to take place from the 11th to the 17th of January 2009.

All snowmobile clubs and enthusiasts are invited to participate. In fact, a manual designed to facilitate the organization of activities is available on the Internet at The goal of International Snowmobile Safety Week is to heighten awareness among snowmobilers regarding safety practices. The FCMQ’s patrol officers will be on the trails to transmit the most important messages, namely the essential rules that are quite simple to follow.

In order to avoid accidents, all sledders must:

  1. Never drive a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  2. Be familiar with the snowmobile before leaving on a long ride.
  3. Drive at a reasonable and safe pace.
  4. Stay on the trails or in zones where snowmobiling is permitted.
  5. Respect information when you’re on waterways and lakes.
  6. Be extra careful as the night falls.
  7. Keep the sleds in top shape.
  8. Check the weather forecast before leaving.
  9. Always wear the appropriate helmet and clothing.
  10. Let family or friends know the planned route before departure.
  11. Carry emergency equipment at all times, as well as food and water in the event of an unplanned stop.

About FCMQ: The Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ) strives to further the development and promotion of the practice of snowmobiling, a recreational and family activity that generates $1.3 billion in economic spin-offs every year. The Federation includes 208 clubs representing over 90,000 members. Thanks to the support of 4,500 volunteers, the Federation’s affiliated clubs manage the sale of trail permits for Québec’s 33,000-kilometer trail network, and see to its development, planning, maintenance, signposting, and safety. Additional information is available on the FCMQ website at


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