Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Health Tip: Ice Skating Safety

(HealthDay News) -- Ice skating is a fun winter activity, but it can lead to injury.

To help protect yourself on the ice, follow these suggestions from Safe Kids USA:
  • Never skate without a helmet, especially if playing hockey.
  • Wear protective knee and elbow pads, mouth guards, and shin guards if playing hockey.
  • Never skate on ice that hasn't been approved by local authorities. Only skate on public lakes or rinks that are determined safe for skating.
  • Learn how to protect yourself in case the ice does break.
  • If you fall through into the water, stretch your arms out to your sides, kick, and try to crawl back onto the ice while shouting for help.

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