It can be rather interesting to note that most household accidents occur when you don’t think that you are doing something dangerous. For instance, if you are up on the roof repairing the shingles, you are aware that one wrong move can spell disaster. On the other hand, the possibility of injury does not readily come to mind when doing more mundane chores like vacuuming or flipping your mattress. And yet, every year, there are hundreds of mattress-related injuries sustained by both children and adults. In this article, we discuss some of the more common ones and provide some tips on how they can be avoided.
Mattresses are very heavy objects, especially the ones that are bigger like the queen-size mattresses and up. Apart from the weight of its components, the large surface area makes it very unwieldy. For this reason, lifting or flipping a mattress is always a two-person job.
Always practice proper body mechanics when lifting your mattress. As doctors caution, you should lift with your legs, not your back. Generally, specialty mattresses such as orthopedic or memory foam models are even heavier than the conventional latex or innerspring models.
Do not use the mattress handles for lifting. These are merely sewn into the cover, and can easily tear, causing you to become unbalanced with the sudden shift of weight.
Children are prone to falling off the mattress, but during sleep and during play. Teach your children that standing and/or jumping up and down on the bed is not safe. This will not only prolong the life of your bed and mattress but also keep your children from accidentally bouncing off and getting hurt.
For small children who have been moved to his or her own bed, parents should make sure that the bed has side rails. Young children are often unconcerned with keeping within a given space during sleep; they tend to roll and spread themselves out, which is why side rails are needed to keep them from falling off the bed.
Of course, the side rails of a child’s bed should be deep enough so that he or she cannot roll over it. This is especially true if your child sleeps on the top bunk of a double-decker bed set. Purchase the right kind of mattress for the bed frame so that it does not jut out too far from the base, making the rails shallower than intended.
Abrasions and Punctures
The typical mattress has some coil springs embedded inside its core to support the weight of the sleepers’ bodies. When a mattress is in a good condition, these metal coils are well-cushioned in fillings and other material. However, as you use your mattress (especially if it is often stood on or jumped upon) these fillings can shift and leave the metal coils uncushioned or even detached from the stabilizing bar.
When this happens, the metal stabilizing bar or the metal coils itself can scratch or stick you, even through the mattress covers.
Prevent this from happening by teaching all household members not to jump or stand on your mattress. And as soon as your mattress shows signs of wearing down or lumping, replace it immediately.
These are just three mattress-related accidents that everyone should look out for. As you can see, these are easily prevented with just same care and lots of common sense.
Sunny Popali is Marketing lead at Mattressnextday.co.uk/. TheUK’s no 1 mattress brand and the best suppliers of bedframes and divans. Mattressnextday include well known names such as: Sealy mattress, Silentnight mattress, Sleepeezee, Dream Works, Serene, Sprungland, and Joseph International, just to name a few.
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