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The Tyson Tragedy

The Tyson Tragedy

We were all deeply saddened recently to hear the reports of Exodus Tyson, Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter’s, accidental death.  It has been confirmed that Exodus Tyson died after getting a treadmill cord wrapped around her neck.  Since the news hit many people have begun to question the safety of having exercise equipment in homes with children. 

A recent article from the New York Times reported that somewhere around 25,000 children pay a visit to the emergency room every year due to an injury related to home exercise equipment.  Many of the injuries reported are severe burns caused by children touching underneath the track of a treadmill in motion. 

Australian hospitals have seen so many children coming in with burns from treadmills that their government has launched a campaign called “Treadmills and Kids Don’t Mix”.  As a new safety measure, all new treadmills in Australia will come with a large sticker warning parents of the dangers it may pose to small children.  But is a sticker enough?

The New York Times article advises that parents should keep exercise equipment in the locked position and unplugged.  The equipment should be set up in a way so that a parent can see where the children are from every angle.  A couple of mirrors positioned in the right way may be a good option in order to get a clear view of children approaching. 

Do you think Exodus Tyson’s death was just a freak accident or something that should be explored further?

What do you think can be done to keep kids safe around exercise equipment?
 

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  • itsallbehindme By itsallbehindme
    06.11.09  

    this is a very sad subject...also one that requires all of us to be alert. we need to keep a more closer eye on our children and be sure to wrap up loose cords and to nail down loose floor board nails...basically taking every precaution to protect the ones we love.

  • jan866 By jan866
    06.12.09  

    i keep reading "parents should lock up exercise equipment". GMAB -- most treadmills are either kept in the basement, or maybe a bedroom. I doubt many of us have locked exercise rooms. Treadmills are not real portable. very tragic accident.

  • WINDI_H By WINDI_H
    06.12.09  

    In good faith I believe this to be an accident. I do think that she should not of had access to the equipment at all.

  • woogoo By woogoo
    06.12.09  

    My heart truly goes out to the Tyson family. This is a most unfortunate accident. Hopefully others will learn from this accident. Please keep a more watchful eye on your children. Life is truly precious.

  • RHibbard By RHibbard
    06.13.09  

    I have to agree that the treadmill isn't necessarily what's to blame here; it's all about supervision! Children like to play with stuff and will put it around their necks, whether they're pretending it's a glamorous scarf or a dangerous snake. Small children have to be watched at all times! Even if you work at home, if your focus has to be on your work, hire a nanny! It can make all the difference!

  • mistytwh By mistytwh
    06.13.09  

    A child of any age can and may get into some kind of trouble, I feel it is up to us as parents to guide them and watch them, even if they do not like it.

  • Elmosgirl2005 By Elmosgirl2005
    06.13.09  

    It does cause concern for children, It's a horrible tradgedy. Although many say it could've easily been avoided by the proper "secruity". But for those with children you know yourselves if a child wants something they have no problem going to extremes to get it. Children aren't dumb they can figure out how to unlock the door, how to climb the security gate, they can easily turn into monkeys to get the cookie jar off the counter and into their hands. Not everything thing can be fully prevented. But like many wise men and woman have said, " It never hurts to try". I don't believe in a situation as heart breaking and innocent as this one it's really not fair to basically, call the parents murders. This could've happened to anyone, and if it were me I'd blame myself but it would be easier to deal with the pain if the whole world were'nt blaming me also.

  • bbred57 By bbred57
    06.14.09  

    I agree with Elmosgirl2005 that these parents have enough guilt to last a lifetime that they do not need everyone else in the world blaming them for their dear daughter's death. I know as a parent myself, I didn't have an eye on my son every second, every minute of every day and accidents do happen. Thank god they didn't for my son, but there were times they could have. Children will naturally do things and follow their inquisitive nature's and that can be harmful and even fatal to them. Unfortunately, this little girl found the treadmill to be a great playground and it was not a safe place for a child to be. I send my prayers to Mike and his wife because they are going to need them to get through the this loss of their precious little girl.

  • Morkoor By Morkoor
    06.16.09  

    Unfortunately, home accidents that end in tragedy are very common. Unfortunately, in the world we live in today everyone is looking for a news story. These people must be suffering and will suffer the rest of their lives. I am so sorry for them. We need to educate the masses thru public announcements and education. The only thing society and parents can do is lock up the equipment just like we lock up food processors, knives, plug up electrical outlets, shorten shade cords, etc. We need to keep parents aware of the dangers of many things. It is not only the responsibilty of the manufacturers. Sometimes people think these things only happen to other people. This could have happened to anyone. I'm very sorry for their loss.

  • mmb2153 By mmb2153
    06.18.09  

    It's easy to overlook the dangers that could come from something as simple as playing with a treadmill. I think it is best to take an approach preparing for anything. Just as gyms do not allow young children in, or at least require parental supervision at all times, the idea should be applied in homes where workout equipment is kept.

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