Ready, Set, Skate

But make sure the skates are comfortable

(HealthDayNews) -- Before you lace up your ice skates and slide onto the closest rink, brush up on your safe-skating skills.

The U.S. National Safety Council offers these tips:

  • Wear skates that fit comfortably and give enough ankle support to keep you on your feet.
  • Have the blades professionally sharpened at the start of each season.
  • Be aware of cracks, holes and debris on the ice.
  • Bundle up and rest when you feel tired or cold.
  • Avoid skating alone.
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