December 27, 2012
This is an excerpt from the article, “CPSC Issures Safety Tips On Winter Sports.” For more information please visit cpsc.gov
CPSC Issues Safety Tips On Winter Sports
Skating. Recommendations to skaters include:
- Never skate alone. Insist that children skate with a friend or in a group.
- Stick to shallow flooded fields and supervised areas. Never skate on lakes, ponds, or rivers until the ice has been tested by a local official. Never skate close to open bodies of water.
- Keep small children off the ice except when closely supervised by adults.
- Never build fires on ice. Avoid driving cars on ice.
- In case of a fall into icy water, the National Safety Council suggests:
- Try to keep calm. Do not thrash around. Extend arms over edge of ice and kick vigorously to propel yourself onto the ice. A pocket knife, belt buckle, or keys might help to get a grasp. Once onto the ice, roll gently away from the break and do not stand up until on a firm surface.
- To rescue others. Do not walk up to the break. Move slowly and carefully and lie down flat on the ice to distribute weight. Use a reaching aid, such as a rope, board, blanket, sled, or jacket. If possible, form a human chain, each person holding onto the heels of the next person.