Ice skating and ice hockey are popular sports. There are things you and your child can do to lower the risk of getting hurt while doing these activities.
Wear a helmet whenever you’re skating or playing hockey. Wear one that is approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), fits right, and is in good shape. If you don’t have a hockey helmet, it’s better to wear a bike or multi-sport helmet than no helmet at all.
When you play hockey, always wear a mouth guard. If you find the standard mouth guards are not comfortable, think about getting one custom-made.
Masks and padding
Wear a face mask and protective padding (such as wrist, elbow, and knee pads) for extra protection. When you play hockey, also wear shin and shoulder pads.
Get your skates a yearly tune-up to make sure they work well. Make sure the blades are sharp and have no rust. Skates must fit snugly and give firm ankle support.
Dress warm to prevent
hypothermia. Dress your child in warm layers and wear:
Check with local authorities (such as your city, township, or parks officials) for information on ice thickness. Obey signs on or near the ice. In spring weather, thick ice is not always safe. If you aren’t sure the ice is safe, don’t go on it.
Here are more tips to stay safe on and near ice outdoors.
If the ice cracks
If the ice cracks while you are on it:
If a person falls through the ice, push or throw something they can use to get out of the water, or float on, until expert help arrives. (Remember:
but don't go.) If you try to go on the ice to rescue someone, you can put yourself in danger.
Teach your child to call for help loudly and clearly if they’re in trouble or they see someone else in trouble on the ice.
Current as of: September 17, 2021
Author: Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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