Skate only in places you know are safe. Check that the ice surface is in good shape without bumps, melting or slushy ice. Check for skating hazards such as pebbles, rocks and branches.
Ice on frozen ponds, rivers, lakes or canals should be at least 15 cm (6 inches) thick and 20 cm (8 inches) for skating parties or games. Beware of quick thaws which can weaken the ice surface. Read more about ice safety.
Teach children to skate with friends – never alone – and always in safe areas, away from traffic and free of obstacles.