Always activate the ABS® avalanche airbag as soon as you notice an avalanche situation. It is better to activate the ABS® system too early or too often than too late or not at all.
To activate, pull the activation handle hard and fast and try to escape. The airbags are self-inflating, irrespective of whether you are skiing, falling, lying on top of the airbag or already trapped by moving snow. The position of the airbags means that you have an unobstructed view and unrestricted freedom of movement, even when the airbags are inflated. They will not hinder you during your escape or evasive action, which you should always attempt to make.
If you have activated the system, focus only on your fall line. The way that the airbags are attached on the sides of the pack allows you to move your arms and legs freely. Make swimming movements, push obstacles away, try to stabilize yourself and protect your head. The shape of the airbags will help to protect your head without compromising your movements and ability to see. Try to twist out of your ski bindings. Never put your hands through the pole straps and never use safety straps with your bindings! If possible, keep your mouth closed. As the avalanche comes to a halt, try to keep your upper body and arms above the snow and free yourself from the mass of snow as soon as possible.
Move to a safe place. Try to help other victims, if you are able to do so. Only deflate the airbags when you are absolutely sure that there is no longer any danger of another avalanche, and attach another cartridge and activation handle immediately if possible. If you are still in an avalanche-prone area, leave the airbags inflated.