I'm Clover Zatzman, here at The Ice House, and this is, "Safety of Outdoor Ice Skating for Kids." Ice skating outdoors can range from skating in an outdoor rink that's controlled -- like the famous Rockefeller Center -- to skating in one of Mother Nature's lakes or ponds. If you want to brave one of Mother Nature's natural settings, there's a couple steps you really need to follow. Make sure the area where you plan to be skating has had several days of a temperature below freezing. You need to have a thick sheet of ice that has developed that's at least four inches thick. If it's two inches or less, then stay away. Tell your children that if they hear any cracking sounds, see any dark areas of the ice, or see visual cracks on the ice while skating, that they need to get off immediately. Children should be dressed accordingly for outdoor weather, and can wear things like gloves, scarves, hats, and a jacket. Small children should definitely be wearing a bike helmet or a ski helmet. Snow pants are also a good option for beginner skaters -- especially if they're waterproof. Advanced skaters should be aware of things that could be on the ice that they're not used to, like rocks, sticks, leaves, or other kind of bumps. These objects that can appear on a natural frozen lake or pond can damage the sharpening of a skater's blades. Keep in mind, skaters should never skate on a frozen river, frozen stream, or anywhere else where water is moving at a rapid pace. Water on rivers and fast-moving streams freeze at a much lower temperature than they do on stagnant ponds or lakes due to the friction of the moving water. Remember: never go skating on a frozen lake or pond alone. Bring a friend or relative with you. Also, try to bring a cell phone, a rope, and, if possible, some type of floatation device in case you need it for an emergency. While skating in Mother Nature can be an amazingly beautiful experience, safety is a very important aspect to making this an enjoyable activity.