Ice Skating Safety

An indoor ice rink is the safest place to skate, but some children make use of a neighbourhood pond or lake. The greatest danger in this, of course, is thin ice.

Always be sure to contact your local police or park and recreation department to find out which bodies of water are safe for skating. Children should always be supervised by an adult.

The following are some safety rules for ice skating that should be taught to your children and followed by all skaters:

  • Always look first before stepping onto the ice to be sure you are not stepping in front of someone. 
  • Never cross in front of another skater. 
  • Keep some distance between you and other skaters in case one of you has to stop quickly. 
  • Do not engage in horseplay on the ice. The ice is extremely hard, and a fall could result in a broken bone or other serious injury.

Note: Children who are just learning to skate will fall. You may want to protect them with safety gear such as helmets and elbow and knee pads.

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