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Here are a few safety rules to keep yourself and others safe on the ice:

Ice Safety Tips

  • Walk onto the ice surface and stand still for 10-15 seconds to let your warm shoes cool off. Your warm shoes will melt the ice at first, once they cool off you will have more grip on the ice surface
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets in the event you slip or fall. Wear gloves or mitts instead.
  • Keep your body weight on the balls of your feet, like you are skiing or skating. Avoid rocking on your heels to prevent slips or falls.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, and wait until other people on your sheet are watching you deliver a rock.
  • Warn people if rocks may run into them to prevent slips and falls on the ice.
  • Helmets or safety head gear are strongly recommended. 

Rock Safety Tips

  • NEVER PICK UP A CURLING ROCK. Each rock weighs approximately 43 pounds (20kg)
  • You may move rocks by using your hands, feet or broom. 
  • Only throw (slide) rocks in one direction to prevent damage. This will also prevent risk of injury to yourself or others. 
  • If a rock starts to go into another sheet (lane) of ice, stop it and bring it back to your sheet.
  • Always have one person at the far end of the ice to catch rocks and prevent them from hitting the hacks (starting blocks), back wall, or people. There is never a reason to throw a rock so hard that it could cause damage.

Slider and Broom Tips

  • You may use your broom to help you stand up after delivering a rock
  • Step-on sliders are only for throwing a rock. After you have thrown a rock, kick the slider out so you have two grip feet to stand up; immediately pick up the slider to reduce risk of slips and falls.
  • Do not use sliders sweeping rocks
  • Do not leave sliders unattended on the ice surface, this is a safety hazard that could lead to serious slips or falls. 

Anyone observed behaving in an unsafe manner or showing disrespect towards other curlers and/or staff will result in either the individual or entire group being asked to leave without refund for any un-used time. 

Have fun and play safe! 

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