Wheelchair safety is extremely important, especially when the weather outside is unpredictable. If you are traveling or taking an activity that can take a toll on your mobility, it is critical to get wheelchair safety training. Your safety should be your top priority and getting proper training can help you avoid accidents, make trips more enjoyable, and get to your destination safely.
One good way to protect yourself from accidents is by taking basic safety precautions. While driving a car, for example, always use your blinker to indicate when you have stopped or you are about to turn. Even if it isn’t required in most states, it is still a good idea to do this. Make sure you always buckle up properly in your seat and never let anyone ride in your wheelchair without first ensuring that they have the proper safety equipment. Never overload your wheelchair by loading it with too many things or objects and always keep an eye on the road and other vehicles around you.
Wheelchairs come equipped with a power steering system, which is a must have. This will reduce your chances of having an accident if you happen to be travelling downhill. Don’t pull your wheelchair into a tight spot. Most vehicles have a strong safety system that prevents you from accidentally stowing your wheelchair in the trunk. If you find yourself in a position where you must park in a lot or park facing the street, make sure that the parking brake is set off and you have an ample amount of room to move the wheelchair around.
It is also a good idea to avoid running across the street or through other lanes of traffic if you have a wheelchair. Because of the weight, the vehicle will have less control, and because of the extra weight, there is the potential for serious injury.
When you are riding your wheelchair, remember that it is harder for people to see you when they are close up to you. Always wear bright clothing, especially if you are using your wheelchair while riding in bright sunlight. A dark jacket with a reflective material will also help increase the visibility of your wheelchair. Keep an eye out for traffic and ensure that you keep your eyes on the road at all times.
Safety is very important for everyone, not just those with mobility issues. If you have a wheelchair, make sure to keep it well maintained. Regularly check for cracks, dents, wear safety straps and replace broken parts on your wheelchair if necessary.
Wheelchairs are a blessing to those who need them, so make sure to take care of them. You may even consider donating to charities or giving wheelchairs as a tax write off.
If you feel that your abilities and ability are improving, you can learn more about safety tips on your own. There are a variety of books and websites that can help you with basic wheelchair safety tips.
One thing that you will want to do is get safety equipment such as a hand brake and safety strap for your wheelchair. These devices allow you to stop the wheels by manually pressing a lever, which will keep you from being in danger from falling.
There are also safety belts on most wheelchairs. These belts will help to keep you safe in case of a fall. These belts will prevent you from tipping over and can help protect you from a broken leg.
Wheelchairs come with accessories, but most are basic. You should check the manual or your website to determine what you should include in your own wheelchair safety kit. You will also want to invest in safety accessories for your wheelchair such as a foot rest, elbow pad, a headrest, and arm rest.
Wheelchair safety is important whether you have a disability or not. Take time to learn about how to use your wheelchair and how to safely use it, and don’t let any opportunity pass by.