It’s a good idea to set some rules with your children about bunk bed safety. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), most accidents involving bunk beds occur when children are playing on them. So, it’s fundamental that you teach your child to follow some basic steps to ensure that he or she stays safe at all times.
Although a bunk bed is a fun alternative to a regular bed, children should be discouraged from playing on the ladder and from leaning from the top bunk, unless this is the design of the bunk bed / play. A bunk bed ladder guard can provide additional security to maximise bunk bed safety. Children should also use the ladder every time they want to come down from the top bunk.
While a bunk bed is a novelty for children, they must learn that only one person can be on the top bunk at any time. Getting children to stick to this rule might be hard, but it’s for their own safety. Solve this problem by allowing children to take turns on the top bunk each night so they each get their own turn.
When your bunk bed arrives, you must assemble the frame correctly. Carefully follow the instructions step-by-step to ensure that you build a safe and secure bunk bed. Once complete, you should not have any spare parts.
You should never place your bunk bed in a position that could pose a risk to your children. It’s especially important that you don’t place a bunk bed near a window or within two metres of a light fitting.
Regardless of whether you’ll be positioning a bunk bed up against a wall or not, you should always install the guard rail. When against a wall, there will still be a gap between the wall and the bed, therefore a rail is 100% necessary.
Never hang clothing off the bed or tie anything to the frame. Children can get tangled up in these, making them serious strangulation hazards.
If your child’s room is carpeted – perfect. If it’s not, you should either consider carpeting your child’s bedroom or buying a rug to place underneath the bunk bed. Research shows that carpet can reduce the risk of head injury should a child fall from a bunk. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
We hope we've put your mind at rest about bunk beds. Just one question remains: are bunk beds a good idea? Well, we certainly think so!
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