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Safe snowshoeing
Explore the mountains with snowshoes
Explore the mountains with snowshoes
Safe snowshoeing on the go in the mountains If you don't like skiing on your skis but still enjoy being in the mountains with freshly snow-covered winter landscapes, then snowshoeing might be just the thing for you! The difference between snowshoeing and other hikes is made by the shoes. With the large contact surface, you don't sink so deep into the snow, which makes walking a lot more pleasant. But don't forget: snowshoeing is also a sport and needs to be learned. Equipment To go with snowshoes, you first need the right snowshoe with the right binding. The best way to do this is to contact an expert in the specialist trade. Ski or hiking poles are also included. It should be noted that the larger the plate, the less the sticks sink into the snow. Clothing When it comes to clothing, you should orientate yourself on the onion look (several layers on top of each other). When going up you get warm, you might also sweat, when going down the cold drafts shouldn't be underestimated. With many shifts you are perfectly equipped. Sturdy, ankle-high shoes are the best choice for a snowshoe tour. For safety An avalanche transceiver is mandatory. Avalanches can also go off when snowshoeing. The handling of the avalanche transceiver must be learned! You can find out more about this in our “Safe off-piste” guide. There should also be space for a first aid kit in the backpack. In the event of an emergency, you should also be able to make an emergency call, so a cell phone should always be packed. Advice note: Safe off the slopes Safe fun away from the ski slopes. Also always with you What should never be missing on a tour is good provisions (fruit, tea, ...). You should also protect yourself from sunburn and always apply sunscreen. The snow reflects the sun, which leads to sunburn even at low temperatures. Where can you go We are lucky in Vorarlberg to be surrounded by fantastic mountains and therefore also wonderful snowshoe hiking trails. To find the right tour, you can use Vorarlberg.travel as a guide. The next hike can be well planned with detailed information about the duration, route and level of difficulty. My Montafon has collected all the important information about snowshoeing in a short video.
Piste touring Safe on the slopes This year, piste touring is more popular than ever before, but this sport is not new. In the last winter seasons there was already an increase in frequency on and next to the slopes. This is a popular option, especially for ski touring beginners, to slowly get to grips with the sport. But even more experienced tourers use it as a training opportunity, especially in winters with little snow. But why is the topic increasingly discussed? There are several reasons for this: Basically, ski areas provide very expensive and complex overall infrastructure (slopes, parking spaces, toilet facilities, etc.) for skiers. Piste tourers can use these free of charge in most areas. It is all the more important to observe the regulations that apply in the area. It is also about security. Dicey situations and conflicts arise again and again, especially during slope preparation. On the one hand, athletes can be overlooked by the snowcat driver. On the other hand, many snow groomers are connected with a steel cable, which is barely visible, especially when descending, and can thus lead to tragic accidents. 10 recommendations for behavior In order to avoid accidents and conflicts, there are 10 recommendations for piste tourers: 1) Observe the warnings and regulations in the respective area. 2) Stick to piste closures, because these usually occur while piste equipment is in use or when avalanches are blasted. Failure to comply can lead to life-threatening situations. 3) Only climb on the edge of the slope and one behind the other to avoid collisions with skiers. 4) Cross the slope only in clear places and with enough distance between the tourers. 5) Only drive on freshly groomed slopes in the edge area. 6) Find out what time in the evening you are allowed to ski on the slopes. 7) Make yourself visible to downhill skiers and piste workers with reflective clothing and a headlamp on evening ski tours. 8) If there are routes specially designated for piste tourers, then you should use them. 9) You shouldn't take dogs with you on the slopes. 10) Use designated parking spaces and pay the parking fee if necessary. Especially at times when the ski area is closed and the slopes are not groomed, there is free ski space. This means that the avalanche danger must be assessed and the piste rescue service is not on site either. In the event of an accident, a rescue can therefore take longer, depending on the weather. Take the appropriate emergency equipment and a first aid kit with you. If you follow these recommendations and show mutual consideration, nothing stands in the way of a great piste ski tour. Advice note: Safe skiing Probably the most popular winter sport in Vorarlberg. Program information: Safe off the slopes Register now for one of our courses.
Cross-country skiing - the new trend sport?
Cross-country skiing - the new trend sport?
Cross-country skiing safely on cross-country ski trails and ski hiking trails Cross-country skiing is a sport in which everyone, whether sporty ambitious or pleasure-oriented, gets their money's worth. The feeling of gliding through the snow-covered landscape in the fresh, clear winter air is unique and is becoming more and more popular. Whether in the classic technique or in the skating style, on cross-country trails, winter hiking trails or off-track in untracked, flat terrain, there is a wide range of movement options. However, there are also some precautions to take when cross-country skiing so that nothing stands in the way of a safe and beautiful day of cross-country skiing. Equipment Equipment should meet today's standards. Old equipment becomes brittle and can break while running. Running surfaces must be waxed regularly, otherwise the skis will stick and there is a risk of injury. Sports shops offer rental equipment that is up to date. Cross-country ski run requirements The “classic” technique requires different cross-country ski runs than skating, so it is necessary to clarify in advance which area is suitable. This information can be obtained from the relevant tourism association or on various websites (e.g. Bergfex by entering the location). You can also get information about the length of the route, whether trails are groomed or closed and what the current conditions are. Difficulty of cross-country trails As on ski slopes, there are 3 levels of difficulty: Blue - easy: Beginners and children who are cross-country skiing for the first time are exactly right on the blue-marked trails. They are mostly flat and usually do not have a gradient of more than 10 percent (or ascent). In the case of cross-country ski trails for classic technique, the slopes are also manageable over their entire length. Red - moderately difficult: Those who use red marked trails should already have some experience. The routes mainly lead through "undulating" terrain and can have a gradient of up to 20 percent (or ascent), in open terrain even more on short sections. Cross-country trails for classic technique may also contain curves on slopes that force active changes of direction. Black - difficult: trails with black markings are reserved for very experienced and sporty cross-country skiers. Your uphill and downhill stretches can well exceed 20 percent. Requirements for cross-country skiing Take a good look at your condition and your technique. It is important to have a good assessment of your own running ability. The most important principle: Only run a trail if I can stand still at any time or if I have the ability to avoid an obstacle (fallen runner) at any time. Most accidents happen here, as unfortunately very few cross-country skiers pay attention to this point. In addition to technical courses, cross-country schools offer their own braking courses for safety. FIs cross-country skiing rules Consideration for others (Every cross-country skier must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or harm anyone else.) Signalization of the running direction and running technique (markings and signals such as signs are to be observed. Cross-country skiing trails must be run in the specified direction and running technique. ) Choice of lane (Double and multiple lanes must be run in the right-hand lane. Cross-country skiers in groups must run one behind the other in the right-hand lane. In free technique, one must run on the right.) Overtaking (Overtaking may be on the right or left. The cross-country skier in front does not need to swerve. He should swerve if he can do it safely!) Oncoming traffic (everyone has to swerve to the right when they meet! The downhill skier has priority.) Pole control (When overtaking, being overtaken and in encounters, the poles are close to the body Adjust the speed to the conditions (every cross-country skier must, especially on downhill stretches, speed Adapt speed and behavior to suit your ability, terrain, traffic density and visibility. He must keep a sufficient safety distance to the front runner. If necessary, he has to let himself fall to prevent a collision (emergency fall rule).) Keeping the trails clear (if you want to stop, step out of the trail. A fallen cross-country skier must clear the trail as quickly as possible.) Assistance (In the event of an accident, everyone is available to help obligatory.) Identification requirement (Everyone, whether witness or involved, whether responsible or not, must provide their personal details in the event of an accident.) Program information: Safe on cross-country skis Get important technical tips
Electricity can be dangerous
Tips on how best to protect yourself from it.
Tips on how best to protect yourself from it.
Electricity can be dangerous Simple tips to protect against it “Terrible scenes in a small apartment block. Young people found dead in the bathtub ”. Such headlines affect us! The girl had her cell phone with her and it was infected. She died of a fatal electric shock because the device fell from her hand into the water ... This is just one example of the danger of electricity. One reads again and again about accidents. Unfortunately, some of them also end fatally. Many do not know. Many do not want to believe it! But: electricity can be dangerous! And that's why we have summarized a few noteworthy things for your protection here. Sockets: According to the state guild master for electrical engineering, there is ONLY one possibility for child safety. So these are only sockets with "increased contact protection". Only these are legally permitted and safe. The protection is built in here during production. You can find more information and general information on child safety here. All other protective measures that are applied or introduced externally are prohibited and in turn lead to an increased risk of fire. If in doubt or for clarification, contact your electrician. FI switch: Only a residual current circuit breaker (FI switch) reliably protects against a life-threatening electric shock. But also check it regularly to ensure that it is functioning properly! The expert recommends checking at least once a year. What happens if the mechanics fail? Then the switch will not trip if a broken device is used. And the consequence can be that the entire voltage is applied directly to the device / housing. This can be tantamount to reaching into the electrical circuit. Important: If the switch does not trip or if it gets stuck, an immediate repair is required. This should be carried out by a qualified electrician. Also check the type of FI switch you have installed. Is it still of the AC type? If so, you should have it converted to type A (alternating and direct current) by a specialist. The new electrical devices require internal direct current (electronics) through power supply units. And this includes, for example, LED lighting and computer power supplies. But this also applies to washing machines and dryers. This is the only way to ensure you are adequately protected again. The FI switch briefly explained in a video! Electricity and water: danger to life! The recommendation is clear! Do not use electrical devices connected to the mains via cables when showering or bathing. This of course also includes cell phones! Explain this to your children in an understandable and age-appropriate way! Cable drums: Always roll out cable drums completely. This will prevent overheating. This also reduces the risk of fire. Renting apartments: After each change of tenant, the landlord must have an electrical check done. This is required by law. Checking is possible because the tenant is entitled to view the asset book. He can also check everything for correctness when moving in. Advisory note: installing smoke alarms correctly What, where and how? Everything about the smoke alarm can be found here!
A guide for your safe grilling pleasure.
A guide for your safe grilling pleasure.
How do I grill properly Tips for a safe grill pleasure Who does not like to grill. When you grill according to delicious recipes like the ones in our flyer, it's even more fun! But barbecuing also harbors some dangers. In Austria there are around 500 accidents every year when barbecuing. We have listed some helpful tips and suggestions for you on the subject of "How do I grill properly" and safely. These can also be found in our “brand new” brochure. (The brochure can be ordered from us or downloaded here). Before enjoying the barbecue there is the purchase and choice of equipment. Let your specialist dealer advise you here. The specialist also offers grilling courses. These not only impart knowledge about recipes, but also valuable tips on safety when grilling. For more information, click here. Choose the ideal location for your grill. For safe and correct grilling, the appliance must be in a good position (especially with a charcoal grill). Never grill under umbrellas, in closed rooms or next to easily flammable materials. Never leave children unsupervised near the grill. Splashing fat can cause extremely painful burns. Explain to your children the possible dangers of the barbecue in an understandable and age-appropriate manner. Make sure that a working fire extinguisher and a fire blanket are within easy reach of the grill. If something should happen, give first aid immediately. Immediately hold the burned part of the body under running, cooling water (10-20 degrees) for at least 10 minutes. Do not tear off clothing that is stuck to the skin. Do not apply powder or ointment and do not use "home remedies". Instead, cover the burned area with a clean cloth. Get medical help immediately or call the emergency numbers. Health hotline 1450 Rescue 144 Fire brigade 122 How do I grill properly with fire Never use liquid lighting aids such as denatured alcohol, petrol, turpentine, fuel pastes or kerosene when lighting the fire. If these fire accelerators evaporate, a highly explosive, flammable mixture and flashes of flames are created. This leads to very serious burn injuries. Only solid lighting aids (lighter cubes, wood wool), a chimney or a special hot air dryer are suitable for lighting. The specialist trade will be happy to provide you with information here too. Particular care is required when lifting the lid and the surge of heat that escapes with it. Never let glowing coal burn out on the lawn (risk of burns, especially for children). Remaining embers must be smothered in the grill. Under no circumstances should it be emptied into the trash can. Stick lighters are best for lighting. If possible, use grill gloves and long-handled tools for grilling. Barbecue tongs provide ideal protection against burns.Grilling with gas How do I grill properly with gas Always light the gas grill with the lid open if the grill does not ignite immediately (after 4-5 attempts), let the gas evaporate and try again after about 3 minutes, the igniter does not work, never from above using Light the lighter - risk of flashes! (high-quality devices have a recess for safe lighting) if you smell gas, switch off the grill device immediately and carry out a leak test; if in doubt, consult your specialist dealer; on no account continue to operate! Check the gas hose, seal and connections once a year for cracks and brittleness; check gas-carrying parts with leak detection spray; replace if necessary every 5-10 years have service carried out by specialist dealers; Change regulator at least every 10 years. Stably connect gas bottle to grill trolley; Never use the bottle lying down; The gas hose must not touch the hot housing. After grilling, first turn off the cylinder valve, then the regulating buttons! Store gas cylinders in well-ventilated rooms and never below ground level (basement) - risk of explosion! The bottle can be stored on the grill during longer breaks (e.g. winter); Then unscrew the pressure regulator from the cylinder valve and protect the thread with a plastic nut.If there is residual fat in the housing, this must be removed by burning it out (pyrolysis) or using a spatula to avoid a grease fire the next time you grill are used again and again. The specialist advises above all to protect the device from moisture in a dry place when it is not in use. This prevents a short circuit. It should not be forgotten that electric grills also get very hot. Therefore, the same safety measures against burns must be taken with these as with the other devices. In order to avoid overheating and the associated risk of fire, it must be ensured that all power cables and cable drums used are always fully rolled out. With delicious, best regional ingredients and all these tips, nothing stands in the way of a relaxing evening with family or friends and you can safely enjoy the barbecue fun!
How to survive hot days!
How to survive hot days!
Heat tips for old age how you can enjoy life and stay healthy even in hot times Climate change has arrived in Vorarlberg. More and more hot days are bothering us. These can put our health at risk. Seniors need special protection at temperatures around 30 degrees. However, this also applies to small children and the chronically ill. Experts therefore call for an adaptation of our rhythm of life to the changed conditions. Here you will find useful heat tips for old age! Climate change adaptation regions In Vorarlberg there are already several regions, climate change adaptation regions (CLEAR!), Which contribute to better adaptation of people to the changed climate. Together with the Walgau region and Dr. Klaus Zitt, we from Secure Vorarlberg have prepared an information brochure on this topic. She gives helpful heat tips for old age. This makes it easier to cope with hot days and to adapt. Even simple things have a big effect So it means: stay cool! Since we cannot change the weather, we have to adjust to it and thus ensure more well-being. Even simple measures are effective and protect the heart and circulation. Our brochure explains in an easy-to-understand way based on a daily routine how you can enjoy life healthily despite the heat. Heat tips for old age Take walks, gardening and shopping in the mornings, for example, and eat light meals at lunchtime. In the afternoon a fan and a sun hat do a good job. It is even better if you avoid the direct sun. In addition to being adequately hydrated, it is also helpful to wear airy clothing. Postpone the social gathering to the cooler evening hours and do it like the southerners. Just in case If various unfavorable things come together, it is important to listen to your body and get help. Anyone who feels signs of overheating such as dizziness, headache, nausea, etc. should be cooled immediately. Contact the health hotline 1450 for further information and dial 144 if you are at risk of heat stroke (fever, vomiting, shortness of breath). Program information: Safe handling of walking aids Using walking aids safely contributes significantly to the quality of life
The way to school is part of developing one - but how do you make it safe?
The way to school is part of developing one - but how do you make it safe?
the way to school for children Safe on the move A construction site with a large excavator, a butterfly or beautiful flowers, children are fascinated by their surroundings. You can quickly get distracted by such things, but you also learn a lot of new things. In order to support this development, one must not protect one's child too much. Going to school in particular is something very exciting for children and is a tremendous boost to independence! But in order for your child to be safe and well prepared before they go to school, they must be familiarized with the traffic rules. This takes some practice. How to do this can be found under downloads in the BFU | brochure First steps in traffic. Tips for the safe way to school: First, the way to school should be walked by the adult. If this is then checked as safe, it should be run through together with the child. Repetition is important, even with older children. The more often this is done together, the better the child remembers it. The shortest way to school is not automatically the safest. Find a suitable path for your child. A school route plan helps. Contact your community for this. Some school route plans are also available from AUVA. Children can take a little longer to get to school. It is quite normal for them to chat or dawdle with friends. You should therefore plan enough time to avoid stress. Your child should wear light-colored clothing and reflectors, especially in the dark months. These can be attached to the shoes, school bag or jacket, for example. So the little ones are visible in traffic. Children imitate the behavior of caregivers. So be a good role model in traffic. Advice note: How to be more visible in the dark Reflective materials can save lives You are doing your child a disservice by driving them to school. Here you will find four good reasons why your child should make the way to school on foot, by bike or by public transport: 1. Noise and exhaust fumes are harmful to health. 2. Going to school on foot or by bike increases performance and performance and prevents a lack of exercise. 3. As passengers in the car, children remain passive, as pedestrians they learn to take responsibility in traffic, actively experience their surroundings and have contact and communication opportunities. 4. If you “have to” drive a car, let your child get off a little before school. Too many cars can create dangerous traffic chaos in front of school for children who come on foot. If you pick up your child from school, stop at the school building and not across the street. On the way to school, there are not only dangers lurking in traffic. Explain to your child that they are not allowed to go / ride with strangers. Children should always keep a safe distance from people they do not know. Children tell what they experience on the way to school.
Child seats only protect when properly adjusted! You can find information about this here.
Child seats only protect when properly adjusted! Information is available here.
The child seat in the car lifesaver - but only with the correct setting A suitable restraint device for children up to 14 years of age who are shorter than 1.35 meters is mandatory in Austria. However, a child seat may only be attached to vehicle seats with a suitable seat belt. Children from 1.35 meters can use the usual seat belt. Transport babies and toddlers in rear-facing child seats for as long as possible to protect the cervical spine in the event of an accident. The child seat in the car must always be adapted to the age, height and weight. To ensure this, it is essential that you try out the child seat before buying it. The seat must fit the child and the vehicle exactly. You can contact specialists (e.g. the ÖAMTC) for this. The seal of approval must also be right. If a new seat is bought, it should at least comply with ECE regulation 44.04. However, all seats that at least comply with ECE regulation 44.03 may be used. When buying a belly child seat, make sure that the seal of approval is still up-to-date. To safely install the child seat in the car, read the operating instructions carefully. The child seat is too small as soon as the head protrudes over the seat. Then you need to get a new child seat in a higher category. The seat belt must fit the child as closely as possible, because this is the only way to ensure the highest level of safety. In the event of an accident, the seat belt has too much slack and does not protect enough. That is why it is advisable in the colder months to sit children in the seat without a winter jacket, tighten the belts well and use a blanket to keep them warm. The ÖAMTC answered many of the 15 most popular questions about child seats in cars. You can find more tips on everything to do with road traffic in our guides.
There is a suitable exercise program for everyone!
There is a suitable exercise program for everyone!
Movement in old age Stay active and ensure a better quality of life Do you want to grow older healthily at home? Do you want to enjoy life in old age? Would you like to live independently? Physical activity is an important requirement here. Because you can also prevent falls through exercise in old age, you play it safe! Accident figures According to the accident figures, every third person over the age of 65 falls one or more times a year and is injured. However, the most common injury (in people over 75) is the fracture of the femur and half of all falls happen at home! Avoiding falls 3 pillars for avoiding falls For us, 3 points are important for avoiding falls: Adaptation of the living environment, good medical care and exercise. Because this is very important, it will be discussed in more detail. Consequences of falls Fear and uncertainty The consequences are usually serious and uncertainty arises. But there is also fear of the next fall. This causes people to isolate themselves and because they are scared, they stay at home. Need for care But the physical consequences are not harmless either, because a fall can mean long periods of need for care. So we don't have to accept this as an inevitable fate. Aging is still the only means discovered to help us live long. José Ortega y Gasset Life is movement - movement is life Strength, flexibility and balance Especially in old age it is important to maintain your strength. The same goes for agility and balance. Not only the preservation but an improvement would of course be optimal. This can be achieved through regular exercise. Choose the type of exercise that suits you. Also whether you want to practice alone or in groups. Exercise at Home Alone Practice at Home It doesn't take much to keep fit. Just a short walk or gardening work is good for your body and mind. However, you can also specifically incorporate exercises to prevent falls into everyday life. The one-legged stance while brushing your teeth or squats while making coffee are suitable for this. Every movement, no matter how small, has a use! In groups Exercises in groups Those who prefer to meet others can also train in groups. Here you can meet like-minded people. Everyone has to decide for themselves. Safe Vorarlberg is networked with numerous senior trainers. We also keep in contact with clubs all over the country. These offer a wide range of exercise options, e.g. Red Cross, Kneipp club, senior dance, Alt.Jung.Sein, gymnastics, sports union, mobile help service, etc. At home 1: 1 supervised by specialists Exercises at home with supervision There is also the option of doing 1: 1 to be accompanied. Adapted to the respective needs, a specialist coordinates the exercises appropriately (e.g. physiotherapists and occupational therapists, OTAGO trainers from the mobile help service, etc.). The following video shows you how you can easily incorporate movements into your everyday life: Now do the following simple test to determine your physical fitness. Walking speed: Mark a flat stretch of exactly ten meters with a line at the beginning and at the end. Now walk the distance at a “normal” pace and stop the time. Write down your time. ___________ seconds Do you need more than 10 seconds for this exercise? Your fitness could be better. Talk to your doctor about suitable exercise options. Getting up from the chair: Stand in front of a chair with a normal seat height and backrest, but without armrests. (If you have trouble getting up without the help of your arms, you shouldn't do this test.) Cross your arms. Now sit down on the chair 5 times in a row as quickly as possible and then get up again. Only touch the backrest briefly and always straighten your knees while standing. Write down your time. ___________ seconds If you need more than 15 seconds for this exercise, it is high time you did something to improve your flexibility! Program information: OTAGO training program You can prevent falls with targeted exercises. Program information: Seniors - Multipliers - Advanced training Safe Vorarlberg regularly offers multipliers advanced training. Program information: Staying in balance - Fall prevention Find out interesting facts about fall prevention in a humorous way.
Escape from loneliness
Together you are less alone!
Together you are less alone!
Escape from loneliness Everyone needs social contacts. Together we are less alone We know it from hear-and-say: “The children are all out of the house and go their own way. I'm getting older and more lonely. Because my mobility is restricted, I stay at home more and have hardly any social contacts ”. But here you will find out what you can do and actively do against this creeping loneliness in old age! Loneliness and being alone Each of us has experienced loneliness in our life. Be it as a child, because classmates teased us. Be it as an adult in professional life or perhaps in a relationship in which you have nothing to say to each other, or when your beloved partner dies and you are suddenly left alone. A distinction has to be made between actual loneliness and being alone: ​​being alone is not necessarily perceived as oppressive. On the contrary, because here you consciously experience tranquility and enjoy the silence. But loneliness depresses and complicates everything. It is often hard to bear because it is ubiquitous. Humans are really happy and satisfied as “pack animals” in the company of others. Unfortunately, the reality here is often a sad one and looks different. Precisely because it is mostly difficult for older people in our fast-moving times to make and maintain contacts. On the other hand, what makes people sociable is their inability to endure loneliness and in it themselves. Arthur Schopenhauer Jump over your shadow Everyone has personal responsibility here and must take action themselves. You also have to leave your comfort zone. Jump over your own shadow and consciously seek contact with other people. Sometimes you also need attentive people who notice that others are threatened with loneliness. Speak well to the person concerned and make them aware of various options. Help to make and maintain contacts. Find fixed points for yourself in everyday life and plan well. The little change of scenery is often the highlight of the week for older people. Consciously spend time with people on the same wavelength and meet friends for a cozy get-together. Seek help from other people and let them guide you if you are afraid or unsteady. Invite friends over to you. Especially in times when you should avoid contacts, the telephone is also a good way to keep contacts.Exercise groups Attending weekly exercise groups also creates contacts and the opportunity to talk. If you are still physically active, it is balm for our soul. Open up, get active and find out which group is the right one for you or your relatives and counteract the loneliness early on! Tip: Menschen für Menschen social sponsors are active senior citizens who make themselves available with their wealth of experience. There are many meaningful activities in which people can do something valuable for people. Because: the best medicine for people is the other person! Pfarrcaritas Seniorenarbeit, Caritas Vorarlberg, Marlies Enenkel-Huber M [email protected], T 0676 884 204 012 Alt.Young.Sein.Quality of life in old age In multi-part courses, senior citizens can test their physical and mental abilities with a special combination of Promote memory and movement exercises. In addition to practicing together for body and mind, there is also time to address questions of life and meaning. Katholisches Bildungswerk Vorarlberg, Doris Bauer-Böckle M [email protected], T 05522 3485 102 or 0676 832 401 102 Program information: Staying in balance - fall prevention Find out interesting facts about fall prevention in a humorous way. Program information: Seniors - multipliers - advanced training Safe Vorarlberg regularly offers multipliers advanced training. Program information: OTAGO training program You can prevent falls with targeted exercises.
Are you looking for the risk? You can find out how to deal with it consciously here.
Are you looking for the risk? You can find out how to deal with it consciously here.
Risk.conscious.life Courage to take risks Are you looking for risk or are you playing it safe? Everyone inevitably takes a risk several times a day. Regardless of whether it is in traffic, drinking a hot cup of coffee or climbing stairs, a child, like an adult, can hardly avoid such or similar situations. Many people are looking for risk, but young people in particular are consciously taking it. Because the risk experience means leaving everyday life, abandoning the usual norms and changing one's perception of time. These are all human behaviors that can also be used positively in the sense of relaxation and distancing. Whether it's on an off-piste tour, bungee jumping or cheating in an exam. Such risk experiences are extremely important for the development of every person. It is therefore particularly important to have the right tool in hand so that such risk experiences can be made within a controlled framework. BREAK Before making any decision, you should take a break, and ask yourself these questions. Look at your friends Looking at your surroundings is another important, risk-conscious approach. Because just because the decision for oneself was made “correctly” does not mean that it is automatically suitable for the environment. Furthermore, it is important in these situations not to be guided by peer pressure, but to assess the environment, the landscape and people yourself. Reflect At the end of an action, it can be reflected again with the questions below. This is helpful in order to be able to better weigh similar risks in the future, to compare them with existing experience and thus to make a conscious decision. Safe Vorarlberg offers workshops on this topic for parents and people who are involved in youth or prevention work in order to be able to support children and young people in such situations. In this way, the young people should develop an individual risk balance, consciously design risk situations to reduce the risk and ultimately benefit from them. risk.conscious.of.life based on the pedagogical approach of noise and risk pedagogy risflecting® program note: risk.conscious.er.life Risk experiences are important for the development of every person.
Sensory organs and the list of drugs should be checked regularly.
Sensory organs and the list of drugs should be checked regularly.
all senses about the influence of perception on our lives “The last time I wanted to go to the weekly market, I was almost hit by a car ... I didn't hear it coming! I think I have to go to the ear doctor. ”This has probably happened to many older people before. All the senses change with age without our noticing it. However, an intact sensory perception largely determines our quality of life. We only become aware of this when the senses weaken or we lose them. Limitations in the area of ​​sensory perception lead, among other things, to people falling more often in old age. This experience leads to the fact that you usually move less and less safely than before the fall. Complex relationships prevail in human perception. All of the senses play an important role in this. Our perception has a major impact on our everyday life. That is why it is all the more important to take good care of all the senses and to have them checked at regular intervals. In addition, sensory perception can be promoted and trained. THE HEARING TEST The risk of falling increases significantly with the loss of hearing. For example, anyone who is out and about in traffic and cannot hear an approaching car or hears it too late is for that reason alone less able to react properly. In addition, the whole quality of life is closely related to hearing. Being able to talk to others, being able to participate in daily life, is all a question of good hearing. In addition, the social contacts maintained in this way protect against loneliness. The country's hearing care professionals invite you to a free consultation. They are also happy to test your current hearing ability. Visit your ENT specialist regularly for check-ups or immediately if you notice a change in your hearing. THE VISION TEST Good eyesight is an important prerequisite for recognizing tripping hazards. The simple "overlook" of thresholds, ledges or the edges of stairs is in many cases the cause of falls with often serious consequences. Every optician offers control measurements for your personal safety. Your ophthalmologist should see you regularly too! Only then can the correct measures be taken in good time. HAVING REGULAR MEDICINES CHECKED Medicines can also reduce awareness and the ability to react. This can increase the risk of falling. Anyone who takes medication regularly should have their doctor check them at least once a year, and if necessary more often, for their necessity and dosage (interactions, ...). Advice note: Heat tips for old age How to survive hot days well! Advice note: Exercise in old age There is a suitable exercise offer for everyone! Advice note: Aids for everyday life Small "helpers" support seniors in their daily life.
Activity and movement is a must for children's development. But why?
Activity and movement is a must for children's development. But why?
Exercise - a must for children Let's go Children who have little "room to move" are not exercised and are therefore more at risk of accidents than others. But over-anxiety also leads to a sedentary lifestyle. The lack of strength, too long reaction times, insufficiently developed balance, as well as a lack of stamina and coordination are often responsible for falls. Clearly - not every wound can be avoided. Bumps, bruises and bruised knees are part of being a child. In order to avoid accidents, it is important to promote your child's motor skills and abilities and thus to give them the opportunity to achieve movement security. Agile children are more confident and self-assured. You have more self-confidence and thus a higher willingness to perform. Risk conscious Children must be able to make their own decisions and thus also experience their own mistakes. In a safe environment, children should learn through success and failure. In this way, children's risk literacy develops somewhat automatically. Children are called risk-competent when they know what they can do without getting into a dangerous situation. If the situation gets too precarious, they change their approach or abandon their plan altogether. In strange, unfamiliar situations, children do not succeed so well in assessing them in a risk-conscious manner. If children are shown new types of exercise and the associated dangers are explained, their relationship to risk is also improved. Keep to simple but clear rules. Children also admonish each other in a dangerous situation more often the more you talk to them about it. In addition, children should also learn to make their own decisions, even if there is peer pressure in certain situations, e.g. everyone quickly crosses the street and motivates each other to participate. Here you will find all the exercise offers for children in the state. There is something for everyone! Program information: Children's ski courses Ski clubs from all over the country offer courses for children. Program information: Safe inline skating Learn the correct driving, braking and cornering techniques.
Find the right helmet and then adjust and maintain it appropriately? It's very easy!
Find the right helmet and then adjust and maintain it appropriately? It's very easy!
The bicycle helmet Smart minds protect themselves Everyone protects their smartphone with a cover. But how many protect their own heads? The brain is the control center of the entire body. Because this is where all information from the body and the environment come together and are processed into reactions. That's why we can't do much without an intact brain. Don't talk, run, ride a bike, or raise an arm. Cyclists - regardless of age - should be aware of this and therefore protect their heads with a bicycle helmet. An important detail: the bicycle helmet should fit correctly so that it offers the appropriate protection. But at the beginning you need a little patience for the right helmet selection or setting. However, this time should definitely be worth your while. A suitable helmet can reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by 85%! Buying a helmet The helmet complies with the EN1078 standard and has the CE mark. detailed instructions for use are included. Ventilation slots for a cool head are covered by insect screens. The strap system is permanently attached to the helmet. The chin strap is easy to adjust, open and close. There are reflective materials on the helmet. The person who wears the helmet later should definitely be there when you buy it. Would you rather explain it in a short video? Helmet adjustment It depends on the correct adjustment Put on the helmet Fix the head ring Adjust the front belt strap Adjust the rear belt strap Adjust the triangle around the ear Adjust the chin strap More detailed information about the helmet adjustment is available here or in the downloads! Helmet care the helmet only protects once, it should be replaced after every fall - even if no external damage can be seen. Helmets made by children should be checked for cracks from time to time Do not store the helmet in the blazing sun or at high temperatures To clean the housing and the pads in the helmet, soapy water or clear water are usually sufficient. Program information: E-bike course Why should you take an e-bike course at all? You can find all information here! Program information: Mountain bike courses Learn the correct riding technique in the field. Program information: The Ländle Rad-Ritter Become a knight? You can do it with skill while cycling with our Ländle Rad-Ritter!
Tools for everyday life
Small "helpers" support seniors in their daily life.
Small "helpers" support seniors in their daily life.
Practical tools for everyday life Make life easier for yourself You too want to live independently for a long time in good health !? Simple aids support you because they make everyday life easier. And your daily work is also easier! There are many types of tools. That is why we are only introducing a few to you here. But medical supply stores and health insurance companies will also be happy to provide you with information. Examples of common aids: Call help You can get help quickly with call help. And this is precisely what is valuable for single people. Relatives or the rescue coordination center can be informed in this way. This is done using a hand-held transmitter. Because a push of a button is enough to start the alarm chain, the call help gives you a good feeling. You can find more information at www.roteskreuz.at/vorarlberg/ (foldable) walking stick Walking sticks generally provide additional good hold. Because the foldable version has space in every pocket, it is quickly available as a “third pillar” and is height-adjustable. This pole offers additional security, especially on smooth surfaces. There is also a metal spike at the end. And that in turn provides the necessary support. (House) shoes A closed (house) shoe with a good footbed is comfortable. But also pay attention to non-slip soles. Because they offer safety from falls, they are recommended. And practical Velcro fasteners make it easy to put on and take off. Medication dispensers These are plastic containers with partitions. So you can easily prepare medication for the day / week. Because drug dispensers also avoid mistakes in taking medication, they are also used for safety. "Correct" knives "Correct" knives have large, angled handles. So you can do the kitchen work with little effort. Because the joints are also spared, they are recommended. And everything is available from high-quality meat and bread knives to vegetable knives. Key holder The key holder increases the holding area of ​​your key. The power transmission is improved. This also makes it easier to insert. But turning in the lock is also simplified. … And many more Of course, things like glasses, hearing aids, etc. also belong to the aids. Let us advise you individually on what makes sense and fits your situation. Other aids As already mentioned, there are various aids. Some also specifically protect against slipping. In this way, they particularly counteract the risk of falling. Because they are very useful, they are listed here. This includes handrails and holding options in the wet area. And night lights ensure a good view in the hallway. Non-slip mats for sanitary areas also do a good job. Shower stools and seating options for the bathtub, but also a bath lift can provide support. And if necessary, rollators increase your safety. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Program information: Stay in balance - fall prevention Find out interesting facts about fall prevention in a humorous way. Program information: OTAGO training program You can prevent falls with targeted exercises. Program information: Seniors - multipliers - advanced training Safe Vorarlberg regularly offers multipliers advanced training
Recognize and avoid tripping hazards
Falling accidents can be avoided!
Falling accidents can be avoided!
Recognizing and avoiding tripping hazards Walk and stand safely When a child learns to walk, falls and trips are always a part of it. What a young person can survive well can affect an older person seriously. Falls are the cause of 80% of all injuries to people over 60. An impressive number! Most of the accidents in the elderly at home could be avoided. Studies show this very clearly. Many of the accident hazards at home are easy to eliminate. But you have to recognize these stumbling blocks. You can purposefully get them out of the way. And we have lots of tips for the right preventive measures. Order is half the battle Often it is only minor negligence, but this leads to dangerous situations. Stairs, hallways and sidewalks are not storage rooms. Make sure to keep them free of all objects! Look around your apartment for the following tripping hazards: obstructed stairs (e.g. bottles on the basement stairs) obstructed hallways (e.g. waste paper to be taken away, an open umbrella) lying around toys (e.g. your grandchildren or your cat) pets that brush your legs over-long tablecloths Cables lying around on living room tables unattached carpets thresholds, steps, etc. Also wear sturdy (house) shoes. They significantly reduce the risk of falling.Just the rest! The phone rings and you get stressed !? Don't miss the call! But stress and hectic pace often lead to an increased risk of falling. A simple mobile phone is of great help here. An intercom system for the front door is also useful if possible. But an automatic stove switch-off can also bring relief. A good schedule also protects against hectic! Small aids have a big effect Lighting Motion detectors Laboriously looking for the light switch at night - it doesn't have to be. A motion detector secures, for example, going to the toilet at night. Badly lit house entrances are also dangerous tripping hazards. Stairs should be easy to see as well. Dark walking areas also increase the risk of falls. Create enough light for yourself. Attach motion detectors and an additional light if necessary. A more powerful lightbulb can also make your living space a lot safer. Kabel Kabelkanal and Co There are several options here. Fix cables lying around on the floor with adhesive tape. You can also lay it along the wall and secure it with cable clamps. This is how you keep your way free! Cable channels also do a good job. Thresholds Doorsteps Doorsteps are real stumbling blocks and do not have to be. Often complete removal is possible. And the draft can also be sealed by other solutions. If the removal is not possible, mark the threshold with a conspicuous adhesive tape. Also think of raised steps on balcony or patio doors. Carpets Trip Hazard Carpet Remove loose carpets and rugs to protect yourself. The stumbling blocks on the edge of the carpet or standing corners quickly throw you off balance. If you don't want to do without the carpet, secure it against slipping. You can get anti-slip mats or double-sided adhesive tapes from specialist retailers. Grab bars for stairs and bathrooms There should be stable grab bars in the entire sanitary area. Especially in the shower, next to the bathtub and the toilet. These also make sense in the staircase area. But only if the handrail is long enough! Anti-slip mats Attention, risk of slipping Anti-slip mats belong in every shower and bathtub! When renovating or building a new building, you can also pay attention to the use of small-format tiles. A large proportion of joints allows the water to flow off better and thus reduces the risk of slipping. TIP The IfS Institute for Social Services - Humane Building offers free housing advice. People do not stumble over mountains but over hills. Confucius The following video gives you a few tips from professionals: Program information: Safe handling of walking aids Safe walking with walking aids contributes significantly to the quality of life Program information: Staying in balance - fall prevention Find out interesting facts about fall prevention in a humorous way. Program information: OTAGO training program You can prevent falls with targeted exercises. Advice note: Exercise in old age There is a suitable exercise offer for everyone! Advice note: Aids for everyday life Small "helpers" support seniors in their daily life. Advice note: All the senses look after the sensory organs as well as the list of medicines should be checked regularly.
How to be more visible in the dark
Reflective materials can save lives
Reflective materials can save lives