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Health Tip: Ice Skate Safely

(HealthDay News) -- Ice skating is a fun winter activity, and it's also great exercise.

The National Safety Council suggests how you and your loved ones can skate safely:

  • Wear skates that fit comfortably and provide enough ankle support.

  • Sharpen your blades professionally each season.

  • If outdoors, skate only on prepared areas where you are sure the ice is strong enough to support you.

  • Always check for cracks, holes and obstacles on the ice that could make you fall.

  • Wear warm clothing.

  • Take a rest or consider stopping for the day if you are cold or tired.

  • Never skate alone.

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