Staying fit and healthy is always on a lot of people’s minds but, having the time to do so can be challenging. Keeping gym equipment at home is a solution for many but, how can you make sure this area of the home does not become a safety concern? We mention this because there are, unfortunately, thousands of injuries reported each year relating to exercise equipment, and a good amount of these are involving children.
Safety tips to keep in mind
It can be so much more enjoyable to exercise while listening to music or watching tv but be cautious about having it so loud that you would not hear someone coming into the room. If it’s possible, position the equipment so that it’s clear to see if anyone enters the room.
Make sure that barbells are safely stored away when not in use and that they are not within reach of children.
Treadmills can cause all sorts of injuries if not used properly. They generally come with a key that attaches to whomever is using it so, be sure to use this safety feature as it will immediately switch the machine off the moment it detects a problem. Keep the safety cord away from a child’s reach and make sure that anyone who uses the equipment is aware of how it operates.
We are well aware of how challenging it is for a child to not go near things that look like so much fun to play with. When not in use, keep all gym equipment in its locked position and unplug it so that a child does not accidentally turn it on. If you are able, lock the room when you are not using it.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL