Properly designed and operated indoor ice arenas can provide a safe environment for many recreational activities. However, indoor air quality problems may occur if equipment and air handling systems are not functioning properly. View the short video on this page for more information.
Resources for Ice Rink Owners and Operators
- Recommendations for Enclosed Ice Arena Management (PDF, 1.1 MB) - This document was written with ice arena managers and operators in mind. It covers recommendations for ventilation, air quality testing, and action plans. Forms included in the recommendations are listed below.
- Air Quality Measurement Device Maintenance and Calibration Log (Word, 26 KB)
- Ice Arena Equipment Maintenance Log (Word, 23 KB)
- Log of Ice Arena Air Quality (Word, 31 KB)
- Ice Arena Log of Pollutant Exceedance (Word, 26 KB)
- Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (PDF, 160 KB) - Use as a flyer or handout.
- Signs and Symptoms of Nitrogen Dioxide Poisoning (PDF, 105 KB) - Use as a flyer or handout.
Resources for Coaches and Parents
- Healthy Air for Active Kids (Tips for Coaches) This fact sheet is for coaches of ice sports like hockey and figure skating. It details how ice arenas may become polluted and identifies three things coaches can do to help keep their athletes safe.
- Healthy Air for Active Kids (Tips for Parents)
Webinars and Training
Breathing Easy: Monitoring Air Quality in Ice Arenas (Adobe Connect, help) - This is a recording of a webinar from February 18, 2016. The webinar details the epidemiological investigation of a mass carbon monoxide poisoning event and highlights the actions taken in response. The resources outlined on this page are also discussed.
Links to Other Tools and Resources
- Wisconsin Ice Arena Management Association (Contact the Air Quality Liaison with questions about air quality.)
- Improving Outreach and Surveillance Efforts Following a Large-Scale Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Wisconsin
- Exposure to Elevated Carbon Monoxide Levels at an Indoor Ice Arena - Wisconsin, 2014
- Carbon monoxide fact sheet
- Nitrogen dioxide fact sheet
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