Bunk Beds Safety

Date June 15, 2008

Recently, a report from the Journal Of The American Academy Of Pediatrics studied bunk bed related injuries for children and adolescents. The study concluded that between the 16 year study (1990 – 2005) approximately 500,000 kids and adolescents were treated in US emergency rooms for bunk bed related injuries. The study also concluded that most (60 %) of the injuries were from males. Approximately 50 % of adolescent injuries were caused at school.

The study concluded that bunk beds are a common source of injury for kids and adolescents, and given these increasing number of bunk bed injuries at home and at schools, the study then recommended increased efforts to prevent bunk bed injuries.

Since the safety of your family is our most important objective, we at Bunk Beds Central would like to provide some tips to keep your children safe.

  • Make sure the guardrails are installed on both sides of the upper bunk, and make sure there is no gap larger than 3.5 inches between the mattress and the rails and the rails themselves.
  • Whenever possible, look for safety rails that contain vertical rail supports as well as horizontal.
  • Ensure that the proper mattress slats or bunkie board is installed to ensure the mattress doesn't slip out of position. If the mattress slips, this can create a gap between the mattress and the guard rails.
  • Children 6 and under should not be allowed to sleep in the top bunk.
  • Do not allow any horseplay on the beds, especially on the top bunk.
  • A night light will help children see and navigate the ladder better at night.
  • Keep the floor area around the bed free from objects.
  • Be careful of light fixtures and ceiling fans, do not position beds underneath or near such fixtures.

For more information on bunk bed related safety;

Bunk beds and safety
- so the risk doesn't end with childhood. That said, kids under the age of 6 make up half of all bunk bed injuries, so keep those little ones off the top bunk. Visit CBS News for more on bunk bed safety. …

Bunk Bed Injuries
- My four-year-old keeps asking for bunk beds, but I keep refusing because I am worried he'll get hurt. He already broke his collar bone when he jumped out of his crib as a toddler! It was so scary! I took him to the ER and he got an …

Bunk Bed Safety
- Even worse, males are injured more often than females. There’s even “bunk bed fracture” caused by children jumping or falling with their feet/legs out-stretched. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends: …

To Sleep or Not to Sleep
- Tired of, well, being tired all of the time, Al and decided to buy a bunk bed. We thought between having a larger bed and adding a safety rail we could get Elijah to stay in bed and that we might actually get some full nights of sleep …

Bed Bunks and Safety
- Today’s feature on Bed Bunk Danger NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports on a new study outlining the dangers of bunk beds for kids. TODAY’s Matt Lauer talks to Nancy Nord of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. College students face bunk bed …

Bunk bed safety
- I love the idea of bunk beds. They save space, and give kids a fun way to share a room with a sibling or overnight guest. But with an average of 36000 bunk bed-related injuries reported each year, it’s worth taking a moment to note the …

Comment on Bunk Bed Safety by Deb L
- I personally wouldn’t put a toddler on a top bunk (or loft bed), but older kids? No problem. They tend to run and scurry and climb and leap and if it isn’t the bed, it will be falling down the stairs, or tripping on the sidewalk, …

Bunk bed-related injuries among children and adolescents treated …
- OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to comprehensively examine bunk bed-related injuries in the United States by using a nationally representative sample. METHODS: Using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database, cases of nonfatal …

Bunk beds and injury
- Filed under: Kids 5-7, Kids 8-11, Teens & tweens, Health & safety, Playground bureau. When a lack of bedroom space and an abundance of children prompted us to purchase two sets of bunk beds, my main concern was how big a pain it would …

Fall From Bunk Bed Can Land Kid in ER
- Study authors Anjali D’Souza and Gary A. Smith, MD, DrPH, of Ohio State University College of Medicine urge greater awareness to help reduce accidents around bunk beds. Bunk Bed Safety Tips. Make sure guardrails are used on both sides …

AUDIO from Medialink and Nationwide Children's Hospital: Bunk Beds …
- But for anyone who has ever slept in a bunk bed, the safe part may not be so much of a sure thing. Listen to this report from Nationwide Children's Hospital at: http://media.medialink.com/WebNR.aspx?story=35185 Registered journalists …

Bunk Beds – Safety Checklist When Shopping
- The first decision you need to make is what type of bed you want your children to have, a bunk, loft, triple, twin, wood or metal. Second is the safety of the bunk bed. After you have reached your bedding type then consider the …

Bunk Bed Safety
- Consumer Product Safety Commission: “Bunk Beds, Just the Facts”. Bunk beds are frequently used as a child’s first regular bed after he/she outgrows a crib – either at about age 2 or 35 inches (890 mm) in height. Some bunk beds also are …

Log Bunk Bed Safety Tips
- Guard rails for the top bunk are included in all our log bunk beds, for everyone’s safety. Using the guard rails is extremely important, regardless of whether a child or adult is sleeping on the top bunk. A guard rail should be on both …

Bunk Beds Pose Risk To Kids And Young Adults
- A night light should be used to help children see the ladder at in the dark. Most importantly, bunk beds should not be changed out or retrofitted in a way that might alter their safety. #. Originally posted at InjuryBoard by Jane Akre.

Powell Furniture Monster Bedroom Twin Study Bunk Bed
- Bunk Bed Features: -Made of heavy gauge powder coated tubular steel frames -Textured chrome plated decorative inserts -Black aniline laminated work surface -Lattice end panel -Hanging mesh pockets and storage shelf -Desk is set up to …

Bunk Bed Booboos
- And if your child hits their head on the bottom of the top bunk believe it or not, he/she will survive. The fun they have with bunk beds far outweighs the dangers. I'm surprised that bunk beds don't come with built-in safety straps for …

Bunk Bed Safety
- If you have a bunk bed please be sure it meets safety regulations, especially for the distance between the railings on the top bunk. Always use a mattress of the proper thickness. Cut or tie up the cords of window blinds so kids can’t …

6 Safety Tips For Bunk Beds And Your Kids
- And with just a little planning and research, your child's next bed can be as safe for him as his crib was-and a lot more fun!1. Closing the gapFatal deaths associated with bunk beds are not usually caused by the child falling from the …

Bunk Bed Dangers
- Experts are now targeting the safety record of an old standby – bunk beds. While Grandpa Richard is always concerned about safety issues, he also believes that you can only go so far. We cannot keep our children in a cocoon until they …

Illustration past and future…
- … I took a saw to the wooden bunk bed safety rail that was in storage down there and took an old bed sheet and stretched it across my make-shift painting frame to use as a canvas to take to school the next day for my class. …

6 Safety Tips For Bunk Beds and Your Kids
- Your little baby is growing up fast! It seems just like yesterday you were putting together a crib. Now, your child is ready for the next stage of life. And with just a little planning and research, your child’s next bed can be as safe …

Bunk Bed Safety – Warnings and Safety Tips from the CPSC
- … outgrows a crib – either at about age 2 or 35 inches (890 mm) in height. Some bunk beds also are used separately as twin beds for older children and even adults. Here are safety tips for selecting, using, and maintaining bunk beds.

Safety bar for top bunk bed
- We have a 4 1/2 year old and a 2 year old that will need to sleep in the front bunks. Our 4 1/2 year old is pretty scared of sleeping in the top bunk. I don't blame her! I'm trying to come up with a design for a safety bar for her. …

Bunk Bed Shopping – 10 Point Safety Checklist to Protect Your Children
- By SA Smith Every year thousands of children are admitted to hospital emergency rooms due to incidents involving bunk beds involving improper use, manufacturing, or set up. If your follow our 10 point safety checklist, bunk beds can …

Bunk Bed Safety
- A Look at Wooden Bunk Beds By Dave Lavinsky Wooden bunk beds are a very popular type of bunk bed and have many advantages over metal bunk beds. Specifically, wooden bunk beds are often safer since th..

Bunk Bed Buying and Safety Tips
- Bunk beds are a great way to create additional sleeping space, especially for kids. Bunks have been a favorite for generations and make very economical use of bedroom space. Before buying that new or used set of bunk beds, …

6 Safety Tips For Bunk Beds And Your Kids
- On the top bed, guard rails should run on both sides of the bunk—and the top safety rail should be at least five inches above the top of the mattress to prevent your child from tumbling out. Eventually, all of us learn how to sleep …

The Great Bunk Bed Brouhaha of ‘08
- Growing up sharing a room with my little sister, I always wished we had bunk beds. There’s something cool about them, in a sibling bonding sort of way. I bet many other kids feel the same way. Unfortunately, it was all over the news …

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

One Response to “Bunk Beds Safety”

  1. Kristine said:

    bunk beds are a great way to save room and kids love them but a caution that not many people think about is children hanging themselves on their bunk bed all it takes is a little lip or catch and…. we tragically lost our 3 1/2 year old on his bunk bed… a sturdy wooden "log" looking bed that he hung humself on…… i know this doesn't happen often and honestly this "wasn't gonna happen to me" but 6 1/2 months later i think if i knew this was a risk would i have allowed them to have bunk beds…..

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>