Tips for Safe Ice-Skating
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- Falling on your rear can present its own set of problems including a breakage of the tailbone (coccyx). This can be an extremely painful injury.
10 Tips to Avoid Ice-skating Injuries:
- Make sure your ice skates fit comfortably and provide strong ankle support. Poor fitting skates can cause blisters. Lack of ankle support makes ankles wobbly and can lead to injuries.
- Inexperienced skaters should learn some ice-skating basics, which include learning how to stop and fall safely, as well as basic safety rules.
- Always look where you are going, even when skating backward.
- Always obey rink rules, such as skating in the same direction as other skaters.
- Always be alert and aware of surroundings.
- Never wear earphones or talk on a cell phone while ice-skating.
- When possible and if circumstances warrant, wear a helmet. This is especially important for young children or beginner skaters.
- Consider wearing other safety equipment such as kneepads and wrist guards. This is especially important for young children and inexperienced skaters.
- Dress appropriately to avoid cold-related injury.
- Make sure you rest when you become tired or cold. More skating accidents happen when you're tired.
7 Pond and Lake Safety Tips:
- Never skate on an untested lake or pond.
- The ice should be a minimum of six inches thick to be safe.
- Never skate alone. Children should always be supervised by an adult.
- Only skate during the day or if the area is lit.
- Have a cell phone available to call for help if necessary.
- Never cross a frozen pond as a shortcut.
- Never go out on a frozen pond after an animal.