Treadmills are fantastic for home-based running fitness routines. They can, however, be dangerous, especially when you have children. Cords, tracks and gaps allowing access to moving belts can all cause potentially serious accidental injuries to children. Here are some of the dangers of treadmill cords, tracks and gaps.
Dangers of treadmill cords
The dangers of treadmill cords with children include the risk of injury by trips and falls, electrocution or suffocation (if cords get looped around a child’s neck). Keeping cords tidy, out of children’s reach and well maintained and checking for damage to, or fraying of, cords will help prevent children and adults sustaining cord-related injuries.
Dangers of treadmill tracks and gaps
If a child has access to a treadmill it could start it, speed up the track and get thrown off. If your treadmill has a visible gap between the track and moving parts of the machine it can be dangerous. Little hands can easily get trapped in the gap, where the moving belt could do serious damage to small fingers.
Never leave running treadmills unattended and restrict access at all other times (i.e. lock doors or install a portable gate). If neither of these options are viable solutions, place the treadmill so it faces the door. This will help you see if your child enters the room and will help prevent this kind of treadmill accident.
Treadmills at the gym
If you or your child were injured in a treadmill-related accident at someone else’s house or at the gym because these simple safety precautions were not taken or because gym equipment was defective, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
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Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice