What better way to keep fit, than a gym at home? Something you can do from the privacy of your own home. What should you learn about the risks and hazards associated with exercise equipment?

Would it surprise you to learn that injuries from exercise equipment are responsible for thousands of injuries in children each year? Roughly 8,700 of those injured children are under 5 years of age.

Were you aware that many of these injuries are actually friction burns? Adults suffer injuries from this type of equipment as well. What are some ways of reducing these risks of injury?

Treadmills are designed with a safety key. This should be clipped to the person at all times, while using it. This enables the treadmill to automatically switch off if there is a problem. Always keep this clipped to you while using it. Never leave it to hang or have it wrapped around something else, and most importantly keep it well out of the reach of children.

Barbells can be very dangerous. Ensure that any weights used are stored in a safe and stable area.

Before starting, or stepping on your treadmill, get to know how to operate it. In order to prevent injury, make sure that the acceleration and deceleration is gradual.

When you are deep into a exercise session and have music or the television blasting, you might find it hard to be aware if your child has wondered in the room. Its best to position gym equipment so that you are able to clearly see your surroundings.

The best way of preventing injury for a child is to keep the exercise room locked. Keep your gym equipment in the correct storage position, and locked in place when not in use. A practice that could be life saving to a child is to unplug all equipment so that a child doesn’t accidentally switch it on. This may be a tedious task, but its an important one.

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