How to Prevent Injury from Bunk Beds
April 19, 2012
Need a space-saving bed? Buying a bunk bed will be a good option. But before doing so, you also need to weigh its pros and cons just so you’ll know if you must or mustn’t get one. There just seems to be some quite of an adventure for kids when they have a bunk bed in their room. Obviously, they like it not because of its ability to save space, but because they can use it as a playground for climbing jumping, and other sorts of activities that will amuse them.
Bunk beds are usually made of wood while the rest are composed of steel. Checking the construction standards of the bed is recommended before buying one. Indeed bunk beds are great for small rooms that are being shared. Other types of bunk beds include a pull-out bed, a study table, and a sofa bed. However, there are potential dangers of having bunk beds at home, especially when you have kids around.
A lot of accidents that involve bunk beds have been reported in the past. Such accidents are mostly composed of unwanted falls which lead to injuries that are not limited to cuts, bruises, scrapes, and fractures. Because we want to omit these accidents from happening again, we need to know some preventive tips that would somehow lessen it.
- Anyone should not lean on the upper bunk even if there are guardrails installed. To maximize safety for the sleeper, make sure that the guardrails are high and securely placed.
- Kids should always be reminded not to play on the ladder.
- Choose quality mattresses that are fitted to the frame so that there will be no dummy spaces that could trip anyone who steps on it.
- Bunk beds are best if placed against the wall. Do not place it near the window; you would not want to worry about further types of accidents anymore. It will be safest if only one side of the bed will be used for getting in and out.
- Never position a bunk bed near or under a ceiling fan.
You can also put safety rubber edges to the corners of the bed to help prevent head and leg injuries in case anyone might overlook the bed’s corner while passing by.