Children perceive exercising as fun. Thus, whenever they see a device made for working out, they actually see a certain form of a playground for them to explore. Thus, it is no wonder that about 25,000 children are injured by pieces of exercise equipment each year. Among many types of injuries which take place during the exposure of children to exercising equipment are contusions, amputations, fractures and friction burns. Thus, these encounters often require plastic surgery or skin grafting procedures.
All in all, exercising devices can be dangerous and children need to be taught this before any accidents happen.
Keeping Your Child Protected
You do not need to get rid of an exercising device in order to keep your child safe from it. Rather, there are several minor modifications you can introduce, preventing your child from getting hurt.
First of all, you are advised to keep your exercise equipment in a separate room. Thus, keep the door of this room locked. If you cannot keep the room separated from the rest of the apartment, you may use child fences for these purposes. However, these are only adequate if the children are smaller. Once they grow up enough to jump over the fence, it will hardly keep them away.
Secondly, you are advised to turn all the devices off when you are not using them. Also, if the machines are foldable or unmountable in any way, make sure you keep them under beds or in some other hidden places. This way, the children will not be capable of finding the devices, allowing you to rest assured that they are safe from harm.
Other Ways of Keeping Your Children Safe
You can pay attention to your children's safety before you even purchase the exercising equipment. Basically, there are types of this equipment which possess special safety controls which keep the device locked when pulled or handled inappropriately. These functions are commonly turned on by a special switch, located in places that children cannot reach. So, make sure you take these devices into consideration.
Never leave rubber bands, jump ropes or other risky equipment laying around after you have finished your exercising. Rather, store them somewhere safe, disallowing your children to get hold of them. Additionally, when you are working out, refrain from listening to loud music, especially through wearing headphones. Your children may get involved in something dangerous and you might not be able to hear them.
Finally, ensure that your stationary bike has chain guard, stopping little children from getting injured. Also, bear in mind that the best time for your exercising is between your children's naps. Keep the exercising equipment you own safe from malfunctions and, once they get older, teach your children how to handle the devices properly and safely.