Indoor Ice Arenas - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Indoor Ice Arenas

The first recorded episode of illness among children skating in a Minnesota ice arena was reported in 1966 when girls, ages 7-11 years old, developed headaches and nausea while figure skating. It was at this time that widespread use of machines with internal combustion engines to resurface and maintain ice began.

Each indoor ice arena is required to be certified by MDH and those with internal combustion engines need to monitor and document carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide concentrations in the arenas. All arenas are required to maintain acceptable air quality in their arena buildings at all times they are open to the public.

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Updated Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at 10:07AM