What You Should Know Before Working Out At Home

If you have exercise equipment at home or are thinking about buying some there are some things you need to know.

Thousands of kids are sent to the emergency room every year because of accidents involving home gyms.

So, Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers has some tips to keep your children safe while you're getting fit at home.

Jena Brown is a mother of two kids under the age of three and a registered dietician.

"Exercise is very important to me. I exercise 5 days a week," Brown said.

While often times she goes to the gym, she also uses her personal treadmill at home.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there are about 8,700 injuries to children under five years old each year from exercise equipment.

"I'm always anxious that she's going to come in and I won't see or hear her and she can get behind it," Brown said.

So, Jena takes several steps to make sure her kids are safe.

She only works out while her kids are sleeping or out of the room.

"I do not wear headphones or turn on the TV so I can hear. The treadmill makes a certain amount of noise already to, if I have anything else distracting it would just make it more difficult to hear them," she said.

She also makes sure when not in use the treadmill is unplugged, she double checks the pin holding it upright and makes sure the safety key is pulled out and tied up out of reach.

In 2009, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson's four year old daughter died after being found with her neck in a cord dangling from the exercise machine.

Jena says it's extremely important to educate your kids as early as possible.

"I talk to my two year old. She understands what it is for and understands she can't play with it," Brown said.

Jena doesn't want to discourage people from working out, just wants to stress the importance of safety.

"The health benefits outweigh risks of equipment as long as you take the safety precautions," she said.

Even if you don't have large home exercise equipment- small things like free weights or jump ropes can pose safety dangers.

The best thing to do is keep them out of sight and out of reach.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6