Treadmill Safety


Because all treadmills employ fast moving parts and run on electricity, there are several possible dangers that can occur when using one or having one in your home. There are several precautions that should be taken to ensure your safety, and the safety of your children on a treadmill. This is just a general guide. Make sure to refer to the owner’s manual of the specific treadmill you purchase for safety tips and guidelines.

1) Children should never be left unattended on a treadmill. The running path of most units can reach speeds that can be very dangerous for a child. If running on it, kids can intentionally or accidentally set the speed too high and they can fall off easily. Also, loose clothing, untied shoe laces, or body parts can possibly snag on the running path and cause serious damage or bodily harm.

2) Make sure the unit you buy has ample width. There are specific treadmill units for specific body types and you need to make sure that the unit you buy can accommodate your size. If you choose a unit that has a pathway that’s too narrow, this could cause you to have problems balancing and can cause slips or falls.

3) Keep food and drink away. If spills occur on the running path and are not seen or cleaned properly, the pathway can become slippery and potentially hazardous.

4) Mount the machine on level ground. Many people make the mistake of putting their treadmill in a spot where the ground is not level. This causes balancing problems and if severe enough, the unit could tip over.

5) Periodically check the plug for damage. Because treadmills are used for extended periods of time and draw significant amounts of electricity, you should make sure that the plug is in good condition and that there are no exposed wires anywhere on it.