“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin
As a mom of 4 young ones, this Blog means a lot to me. I am sharing it with you because there is no greater safety than the safety of our children, and protecting and keeping them safe in our homes is paramount. This is dedicated to a client and friend of mine that had something very traumatic happen to her child this past week at a neighbour’s house.
The children were playing together and somehow ended up on the treadmill, which was facing away from the wall. When it got turned on, and cranked up, the child slipped and fell, getting pinned against the treadmill belt and the wall. As he tried to scramble his way off, he couldn’t because the belt was going so fast. His shirt then became tangled in the moving belt, and he blacked out trying to escape. He will thankfully be ok, but he received 3rd degree burns to parts of his body.
If you have children or not, you should still read this Blog if you have or are planning to have exercise equipment at home. It’s a great reminder that anything can happen to anyone at any given time. Although some of my tips are common sense, we get lazy sometimes and forget about one of the most common mistakes ever, leaving your home exercise equipment accessible and unsupervised to children (of all ages).
Now, here is a surprising yet very interesting statistic: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are more than 8,700 children under the age of 5 that suffer injuries each year as a result of fitness equipment. Most of these injuries are power cord related involving various cardio equipment such as the treadmill, stair-climbers, and stationary bikes. Not only can the treadmill or any other moving electronic piece pose a risk of falling due to the movement of the belts or wheels, but they can even risk strangulation or electrocution if the cord isn’t properly hidden or stored away.
Parents, or anyone who is potentially going to have children in their house, before purchasing a piece of fitness equipment, please consider these following safety and injury prevention tips before installing and using your equipment:
1) Don’t allow children around your exercise equipment when you are using it, period. If the children are small enough, and have to be in the room when you are working out, put them in a playpen or a bouncy chair away from you or any other objects or equipment. If they are older, ensure they are in another area of the room where they can be seen, and they are kept occupied.
2) When you are finished with cardio equipment, unplug the cord and keep it out of reach or hidden under the equipment itself, or a small area rug. Not only will this prevent the machine from being turned on, it will also risk strangulation or electrocution. Remove and store the safety lanyard clip away as well. Most machines won’t even turn on without the safety clips attached.
3) Never face a treadmill away from a wall unless there is enough room between the belt and the wall to properly escape should the child (or anyone) slip off the belt.
4) For any pulley, weight cable machines, or universal gyms, adjust the pin to the heaviest weight so that the child cannot budge the weights or trap themselves in between the weights.
5) Avoid injury and/or strangulation by stowing away any dumbbells, other weights, as well as jump ropes and/or fitness bands in a safe place.
6) If possible, lock the exercise room when not in use. If this can’t be done, try installing some sort of child prevention barrier that keeps children from getting in the room.
Of course, there is no better safety tip than direct adult supervision. Ensure you are taking the necessary steps to make not only your child safe, but any other child that may enter your house.
Please share this important information, and as always, stay healthy, stay fit, and stay safe.
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