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Parents & Educators

Ice-skating can be fun for the whole family, but the last thing a parent wants is for their child to get hurt. Take the time to go over safety rules with your children.

  • Make sure your child's skates fit well. If the skates are too big or too small it can cause them to fall more. Skates should give firm ankle support and fit snugly. Check that skate blades aren't dull or rusted.
  • You should be the one to put your child's skates on for them until they get the hang of it themselves.
  • Make sure that your child wears a CSA-approved hockey helmet when skating. They are designed to withstand multiple impacts, but need to be replaced every five years.
  • Stay close to young children, or beginning skaters. If you are not a strong skater, asking a more experienced skater to help may be a wise idea, or enroll your child in skating lessons.
  • If your child is just learning how to skate, take them during a time when the rink is less crowded.
  • Make sure that your children only skate in areas that you know are safe.
  • Choose a surface that is relatively free of bumps and cracks so that your child will have more control.
  • Check the ice for skating hazards such as pebbles, rocks and branches.
  • If your child is playing hockey for fun, other gear such as gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin pads, a mouth guard, and a jock for boys, is recommended.
  • Ensure all protective equipment is in good condition and fits properly.
  • Teach children to never skate alone. Always make sure they are with friends and in a safe area.