I did not know Mike Tyson's daughter died. Inna lilla wa inna ilaihi rajeoon. So sad. Didn't know something like this could happen. Everyone be careful if you have one.http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/05/26/sports/AP-BOX-Tysons-Daughter.html?hp
The death of Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter after a treadmill accident has highlighted the dangers that home exercise equipment poses to children.
The child, Exodus Tyson, was discovered with a treadmill cord around her neck. The girl was found by her brother while her mother was cleaning in another room.
Doctors estimate about 25,000 children end up in the emergency room each year as a result of injuries related to home exercise equipment. According to Consumer Reports, children can be harmed in a variety of ways.
Emergency rooms around the country are reporting a growing number of severe burns on the hands and fingers of young children who reach down or under and touch the treadmill belt when it’s running. Though some incidents occur when unsupervised children are playing with unlocked equipment, many occur when children approach from behind as a parent is using the equipment. Curious hands that reach out and touch the moving belt or reach under the machine can suffer excruciating burns that can require multiple skin grafts and cause permanent disability.
Last summer, an Australian study found that treadmill friction injuries accounted for about 1 percent of pediatric burns, but concluded that the incidence of these injuries is on the rise. The Australian government has launched a campaign called “Treadmills and Kids Don’t Mix!” In June, a new safety standard will take effect in the country, requiring all new treadmills to carry a prominent warning sticker to alert treadmill users to keep children away from machines when they are in use.
Parents should keep home exercise equipment locked and unplugged so children can’t start the machines on their own. Equipment should also be positioned so parents have a clear view of their surroundings and can see children approach the equipment when they are using it.