Friction burns are a common risk when using a treadmill, including burns serious enough to require skin grafts. Make sure you buy a treadmill that features a safety stop switch and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Treadmills are exercise equipment used for walking, jogging or running indoors. They feature a conveyer belt, which is motorised or powered manually.
Friction burns are one of the common risks when using treadmills. Children are especially vulnerable if they are playing on or near a treadmill and can potentially suffer minor burns, serious burns requiring skin grafts, and the loss of fingers or hands.
- Select a treadmill with protective covers to keep fingers and hands away from as many moving parts as possible.
- Check the treadmill has a safety stop switch to stop it quickly in case of an accident.
- Ensure the treadmill has a permanent warning label.
- Follow the manufacturer's safety instructions.
- Wear shoes suitable for walking or running when using the treadmill.
- Keep the area around the treadmill clear of objects.
- Keep the treadmill unplugged from power when it is not in use.