Wheelchair Safety Tips
If you’re using a wheelchair, it’s likely because of a debilitating injury or a chronic disease. That means staying safe when operating your wheelchair is vital.
Virtually all modern wheelchairs come with built-in safety measures, but that isn’t a foolproof safeguard against user error. As a user, you can do several things to put your safety at risk while using a wheelchair.
At Redman, we’re a team of dedicated wheelchair specialists. Our entire goal is to provide our clients with high-quality wheelchairs that are dependable. That also means making sure you understand how to use a wheelchair safely.
Here are some of the top wheelchair safety tips…
Operating your wheelchair safely
One significant way to ensure your wheelchair remains in optimal operation is to service it regularly. Improperly maintained wheelchairs can malfunction at any time.
Every wheelchair is different, so read your user manual to find out the right maintenance schedule. If you own a Redman, contact us directly for an authorized service provider in your area.
Do your best to avoid sudden jolts or tugs on other objects, and be sure to keep loose objects away from the wheels at all times.
Always make sure the wheels of your wheelchair are planted on the surface of the ground. This ensures you maintain proper balance at all times.
Avoid exposing your joystick to rain and inclement weather wherever possible to help maintain its functionality.
Never add too much weight to your wheelchair. Always look at the chair specifications to see the maximum weight allowed for your chair. A Redman supports up to 250lbs unless it has been customized to support more.
A failsafe way to avoid any wheelchair accidents is simply by being attentive. As long as you watch your surroundings, you shouldn’t have too many problems operating your wheelchair.
Other questions about wheelchair safety include…
Q: How do you use a wheelchair safely?
A: Always following the manufacturer instructions for use and maintenance while also being careful and attentive are the best ways to remain safe in your wheelchair
Q: What safety precautions should you remember regarding wheelchairs?
A: Avoid leaning forward when operating your wheelchair. Ensure your brakes are locked before exiting your wheelchair. Don’t position yourself too far from the center of your seat.
Q: Can pushing a wheelchair cause back pain?
A: Yes, published studies have shown that pushing a heavy wheelchair regularly can cause lower back injury. So, you may want to upgrade from a manual to a power chair with a remote attendant control.
Contact Redman today!
Contact us today and let us help you stay safe. Our team is ready and willing to customize a power chair to meet your needs! Give us a call at 800-727-6684 to get started.