The festive period is looming and many of us are planning to attend organised festivals and Christmas-themed events in the run-up to the big day. Ice skating is a major attraction in the winter months and while it can be exhilarating and exciting, it can also be dangerous. If you are tempted by ice skating at an organised festival this Christmas period, it may be worth bearing the following pointers in mind to reduce your risk of slips, trips and falls.
Staying safe on the rink whilst ice skating at an organised festival
Ice skating is great fun, but it does carry a risk of injury. By nature, ice is incredibly slippery and even the most experienced and accomplished skaters can come unstuck. If you’re excited about ice skating this Christmas, here are some safety steps to follow to reduce your risk of slips and trips:
- Wear appropriate footwear: Use the skates available to hire and make sure you choose the right size; if you’re not happy with the fit, ask to swap for a smaller or larger size.
- Take extra care around other skaters: Try to avoid the busiest patches of ice, especially if you are a beginner or you feel nervous.
- Try to avoid attempting tricks and advanced moves if it is very busy and crowded.
- Watch out for obstructions, such as hats, gloves and litter, on the ice.
- Pay attention! This may sound obvious, but it can be very easy to get distracted watching other people, talking to friends or trying to get that perfect group photo.
- Avoid peak times: Accidents are more likely to happen when the ice rink is very busy.
Can I make a claim for an injury sustained whilst ice skating?
If you have sustained an injury whilst ice skating at an organised festival and you were not to blame, you may be able to claim public liability compensation. In order to make a successful personal injury claim, it is important to have evidence which shows that the accident was not your fault.
If you’ve had an accident in a public place in the last 3 years and you would like to find out if you have a valid slip, trip or fall claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our experienced personal injury lawyers operate on a no win, no fee** basis and most cases are settled without the client attending court proceedings.
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown