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Treadmill safety

Before you buy

  • Select a machine with protective covers to keep little fingers and hands away from as many moving parts as possible.
  • Check that the machine has a safety stop switch to stop it quickly in case of an accident.
  • Make sure that the treadmill you are using has a permanently attached warning label.

Safety at home

  • The warning label should act as a constant reminder of the dangers associated with the use of a treadmill in relation to young children.
  • Understand how to operate the treadmill and learn about the safety functions of the machine.
  • Wear protective shoes suitable for walking or running when you are using the treadmill.
  • Wherever possible, use the treadmill in a room away from young children. If this is not possible, use safety barriers to keep children away from the machine.
  • Before using the treadmill ensure children cannot reach or touch the machine.
  • Keep the area around the treadmill clear of objects.
  • Do not allow young children near a moving treadmill.
  • If possible, store the treadmill away from children.
  • Keep the treadmill unplugged from power when it is not in use.
  • When storing the treadmill, especially if it is folded, place it well out of child’s reach.

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