In 2001, more than 11,100 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for ice skating-related injuries.
Allow children to skate only on approved surfaces. Check for signs posted by local police or recreation departments, or call your local police department to find out which areas have been approved. Children should be taught to:
- Skate in the same direction as the crowd.
- Avoid darting across the ice.
- Never skate alone.
- Never go out on ice that an adult has not approved.
- Throw away chewing gum or candy before skating.
- Stretch their arms over the ice and kick as if swimming to crawl back onto solid ice is they fall through.