It is important for parents to ensure the bunks are as safe as possible and that their kids understand that they need to behave a certain way when using the bunks to avoid getting hurt. The statistics for bunk bed injuries are high, but this can easily be avoided with the correct safety knowledge. Here are a few bunk bed safety tips:
Make sure that your children are aware that they should not jump on the beds, nor should they jump off the beds as a game. The bunk beds are built to hold a large amount of weight, but the pressure that they experience from being jumped on may cause them to buckle.
Adhere to weight limit
When you purchase the bunk bed, the manual will tell you the weight limit for the top and bottom bunk. If you are buying a bunk for teenagers, make sure that they are not over the weight limit. The weight limit is also important for parents that lay with their children at night – if your combined weight is over the limit then you should rather sit beside the bed.
Guardrails are an important addition to the top bunk, especially if your child is prone to rolling over during the night. You need to make sure that the guardrail is more than 12cm above the top of the mattress so that it is effective in protecting the child from rolling off the edge.
Top bunk age limit
It is recommended that you do not let a child below the age of 6 sleep on the top bunk of a bunk bed. It is also not wise to leave a child below this age in the room unattended as they will not understand the safety risks of the bunk beds and may end up hurting themselves. An adult should always be present to steer the child away from dangerous acts or to help the child if an injury does occur.