January Tips of the Month: Skates
Skate But Skate Safely
estimates that approximately 100,000 consumers annually receive
hospital emergency room treatment for injuries associated with
in-line skates. Most injuries were to wrists, arms and legs.
Safety tips for in-line
Wear a helmet, elbow pads, kneepads, wrist guards and
Learn to stop safely. Skate on smooth, paved surfaces
without any traffic.
Avoid skating at night.
Skaters should get instruction.
Learn to stop safely by using the brake pads at the heel of
most in-line skates. With one foot somewhat in front of the
other, raise the toes of the front foot and push down on the
Avoid skating on streets, driveways or surfaces with water,
sand, gravel, or dirt.
Do not skate at night-others can't see you and you can't see
obstacles or other skaters.