Ice Skating: make it fun, keep it safe

[ 4 ] January 15, 2009 |

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There are a number of indoor and outdoor skating places in Rhode Island. Call for details regarding fees, rentals, lessons and special activities at each venue.

And if you decied to skate outdoors on a frozen lake or pond, be sure to read these Safety Tips from Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Parks and Recreations Division

* Never assume the ice is safe.
* The only safe ice is at a rink.
* Never skate on an untested lake or pond.
* The ice should have a minimum of at least [6] inches.
* Never skate alone.
* Only skate during the day or if an area is illuminated
* Know the body of water, nearby street, and where the nearest location is to go for help.
* Never use ice for a shortcut.
* Never go out onto the ice after an animal or toy.

Find a list of ice-skating rinks in Rhode Island here. We know parents have a great deal of info to share about the places they go with their kids. Please tell us what you think about the rinks – you can rate and review everything in resource directory now!

Category: activities: indoor, activities: outdoor, seasonal

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  1. calendar katharine says:

    We fell through the ice two years ago–luckily it turned out to just be a giant frozen puddle & not deep at all, although we didn’t know that at the time.

    Our problem was skating too close to a spot where water was moving.


  2. The tips suggested are very helpful. Most of the time these are neglected.

    Thanks for posting.

  3. Jamie says:

    My husband is looking into building a small backyard rink – probably the safest place to skate 🙂 All you need is 3 days of temps below 20 degrees and 3 inches of water.

  4. Lisa says:

    Please remember that helmets are a must – one fall on the head can prove to be tragic.

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