More than 25,000 children are injured each year by contact with home exercise equipment. Hand injuries are among the most common, occurring in situations like these:

  • An adult is on a treadmill and the child, unnoticed, comes up from behind and injures a hand on the machine's moving belt.
  • The child plays with the pedals and wheels of an unattended stationary bike.
  • The child catches his or her hand in the pulleys of a strength-training machine.

Here are some ways to protect children from accidents around exercise machines:

  • Choose motorized equipment that has a safety key or switch.
  • Keep exercise equipment in a locked room.
  • Don't wear headphones while working out.
  • Explain to children that the machines are potentially dangerous and are for adults only.