Treadmill safety in your home

Trainer Leigh Pujado and the business end of a treadmill.

Home sales of treadmills have increased significantly over the last two years as the world has dealt with lockdowns and pandemic restrictions. Wholesale sales of treadmills to consumers went from $1.065 billion in 2019 to $1.535 billion in 2020, a nearly 50% increase. They’re a great alternative to running outside when the weather is too hot, too cold or there’s not a safe place to run.

People tend to forget treadmills are also large, heavy machines with relentless moving parts. They’re so easy to use; most people never concern themselves with the safety warnings until something happens.