Hooray for hockey season
“The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places – the school the church and the skating rink – but our real life was on the skating rink.”
This Roch Carrier quote is memorialized on the Canadian $5 bill, and experienced every winter in backyards across the country. Not only are backyard skating rinks great for exercise and recreation, but they’re a fabulous way to meet your neighbours. If you’re thinking about it this year, here are a few tips to help keep your rink safe for your skaters and your property:
- Build the rink in an area that will drain away from your house when it thaws in the spring.
- Remember to turn off the outside water flow after flooding your rink to prevent pipe freezing.
- Light your rink properly; and make sure extension cords are out of the way and not tangled up in shovels.
- Check the surface regularly for ridges and holes.
- Always have at least two people present. If one of them is a kid, makes sure the other’s an adult.
- Helmets aren’t lame. They save lives. Lame is unnecessary brain damage.
Other things you might consider to help turn your backyard rink into a neighbourhood arena are a makeshift scoreboard for weekend shinny, a few nets, and maybe a season’s worth of pucks. All that can be sourced second hand. And if you’re looking to source insurance for your home, you can compare quotes on HUB InsuranceHunter.ca and connect with one of our brokers to discuss your insurance needs.
By building these tips into your ice rink preparations, you and your skaters will glide through the winter chill with the warmest memories.