1. Always skate within your ability. If you don't know how to skate, sign up for lessons at a roller skating center. If you haven't skated in awhile, take it slow and easy. Don't try to skate too fast or do fancy tricks.
2. Skate on smooth terrain. A skating center is best because the surface is well maintained. When you skate outdoors, check the surface. Any small rock, pothole or crack could cause you to lose your balance and fall.
3. Check you skates before skating. See you local skating center owner for tips on how to check your skates for safety.
4. Skate at safe and comfortable speeds, avoiding dangerous pranks.
5. Watch where you skate! When skating indoors, keep in mind that others have varying abilities of expertise. Skating into people can cause serious injury.
6. Practice falling. Most injuries occur because skaters don't know how to fall properly. Skating lessons teach you how to fall safely.
7. Buy high-quality skates. They will withstand wear and tear and are less likely to fall apart and cause injury.
8. Wear full protective gear (helmets, knee and elbow pads and wrist protectors) when skating outdoors. The gear is optional when skating indoors at a skating center because risk of injury is reduced due in part to the skating surface being smooth and well-maintained and because discipline is enforced.
9. Obey all traffic and safety rules when skating outdoors. Be courteous to pedestrians.
10. Skate at a Roller Skating Association (RSA) International skating rink. RSA International facilities adhere to safety standards and maintain their skating centers.