Important ice skating safety guidelines

Follow this information to ensure a safe skating session:

  • Do not skate or walk on ice unless a sign is posted by your town Parks and Recreation department designating the ice as a safe-skating area.
  • Skate only where you are sure the ice is strong enough to hold your weight.
  • Ice should be a minimum of at least 6 inches to be safe to skate on.
  • Always check for cracks, holes, and debris. If you hear cracking while on ice, lie down immediately and try to distribute your weight.
  • Children should never be left unattended near any ice or frozen water.
  • If you witness someone falling through ice, never attempt to make a rescue by yourself. Call 911 and notify the proper authorities.

Courtesy of the National Safety Council

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