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Home gym accidents: Nearly 13K children hospitalized per year

At-home workout machines are a great way to keep in shape. Since the pandemic began, more people than ever have been turning to home exercise equipment as a way to be active without having to enter a crowded gym.

woman on treadmill

Are home workout machines the way of the future?

From March 2020 to October 2020, the health and fitness equipment industry’s revenue doubled to over $2 billion. With the increase of at-home workout machines, the chances for injuries inside the home also increase. Every year, an average of 12,714 children are hospitalized for home gym-related injuries.

What are common injuries from workout equipment?

The injuries to users, children of users, and pets include:

  • Second-degree abrasions
  • Third-degree abrasions
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations

children on a treadmill

It must be mentioned: Peloton

One of the biggest companies on the market offering at-home exercise machines is Peloton. The company offers a wide range of workout equipment, including both treadmills and stationary bicycles.

Last year, Peloton issued a recall of their Tread+ Treadmills after a child died when he was pulled under the rear of the treadmill. Sadly, this was not the only reported injury from being pulled under this particular model.

Safety tips for home gym equipment

It is important to always be mindful of your surroundings when using a Peloton or any other at-home exercise machine. Here are some safety tips:

  • Before you use any equipment, make sure that the surrounding area is clear of objects, toys, and people.
  • If you have children, do your best to restrict access to the equipment. If you can, close the door to the room while you are using the equipment or put up a gate to keep your children out of the room.
  • Ensure that your children know not to approach the machine while it is in use if they are able to gain access to the room.
  • When not in use, it is always best to unplug the workout machines so that children cannot play with them.
  • Some devices also have a safety key or device that you can remove from the machine. If that key or device is removed, the machine cannot start. Always make sure to keep those keys out of the reach of children.
  • If your machine has a heart rate monitor with a cord, ensure that the cord is not hanging down from the machine, as that increases the risk of strangulation.
  • If your child has access to the room where the machine is located, even if the machine is not in use, you should keep your child from climbing or playing on or around the machine.
  • Clear boundaries should be set and instilled from the beginning so that children know that these machines are not toys.
  • For user safety, it is always best to work out when there is someone else in the home. That way, there is another person present to help or render aid if called upon by an accident or injury to the user.
  • Finally, always remember to stay hydrated while working out. If you feel yourself becoming overly fatigued or dizzy, stop the workout and return to it when you feel physically able to continue.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury due to a faulty machine, even when best safety practices were put in place, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Allen & Allen today for a free consultation, and discuss your unique experience with us at 866-38-1307.