Safety First! Cheer-Proofing Your House

by omni

Whether it’s the weather or lack of outdoor space that moves you indoors, your house is always a go-to place for practicing your cheers and tumbles. However, always keep safety in mind. The last thing you want to do is cut yourself on a glass picture frame or shatter a lamp. Before you start cheering, cheer-proof your house so you can avoid any injuries (and avoid having to use your allowance money on replacing broken furniture). Turn off ceiling fans. When you’re working on jumps, you don’t want to risk hitting the moving fan. When practicing jumps, always make sure you have enough clearance so you don’t hit your head. The living room may be best, as it sometimes has a higher ceiling than other rooms. Hide the valuables. If anything is out on display that is of value, move it. You don’t want to risk breaking or knocking it over. The same goes for picture frames and anything else that may be of value or that is irreplaceable, like a family vase. Avoid sharp edges. If you can, move any furniture items that have sharp corners, like a glass coffee table or a wooden side table. If you can’t move the item, cover the edges. An easy way to cheer-proof sharp corners is to tape a towel to the edge or stand up a pillow against it. Clear the hallway. A hallway is a great place to practice walkovers and similar stunts that require a long runway but not as much width. Before you do so, keep the hallway clear. This includes the walls. Take down hanging pictures or decorations that your feet or arms may hit. Find a soft surface. Practice on carpet, if you can, as an easy way to practice safely. Wood or tile can really hurt your head or body if you fall or trip. If you don’t have carpet, lay down a rug or mat. Make sure it’s securely on the floor, though. If it’s slipping or bunching up, you could easily hurt yourself. Avoid windows and doors. If you can’t practice in a wide open space, you’re better off staying closer to walls than doors or windows. If you fall against a wall, you may get hurt, but the wall is stable to hold you up. However, if you fall against a window, you could break the glass and cut yourself. As for doors, you never know when someone is going to open it or walk in. Remember to wear the right practice wear. Even when you’re just practicing in your house, wear comfortable and supportive practice wear to prevent any injuries. How do you cheer-proof your house?

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