The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
Although children love them, bunk beds can be dangerous. A child sleeping in the top bunk can fall out. Anyone sleeping in the bottom can be hurt if the top bunk collapses. If your child’s room has bunk beds, follow these safety tips. Place
beds in the corner of the room, so that there are walls on two sides.
This can lessen the chances of your child falling out. Also, install
guardrails along the top bunk. Firmly attach a ladder to the top bunk
bed and put a night light nearby so your child can see the ladder.
Don’t allow children under age 6 to sleep in the upper bunk. Most don’t
have the coordination to climb down safely or to stop themselves from
falling out. Never allow your child to jump or roughhouse on or under
bunk beds. This can lead to serious injury.