Safety tips

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  • Wear skates that give firm ankle support and fit snugly. For youngsters whose feet are growing, softer boots are better than hard, unyielding ones.
  • Check that skate blades aren’t dull or rusted.
  • Wear CSA-approved helmets when skating because they are tested for falls on ice. Replace helmets every five years.
  • Skate with friends – never alone – and always in safe areas, away from traffic and free from obstacles.

Skate only in safe places

  • Check that the ice surface is in good shape without bumps, melting or slushy ice. 
  • Check for skating hazards such as pebbles, rocks and branches.
  • Ice on frozen ponds, rivers, lakes or canals should be at least 15 cm (6 inches) thick for skating alone and 20 cm (8 inches) for skating parties or games. Beware of quick thaws which can weaken the ice surface. Read more about ice safety.