Your doctor treated you and after so many deliberations you had to use a wheelchair for mobility. That was not good news, but it is the situation that you are now in. It could be your first day in a wheelchair you are all scared and are relying on the overwhelming guides of how to operate your wheelchair and at times even guesswork. What you should focus on is your safety, and with a little practice, you will be enjoying the rides maneuvering the kerbs like a pro. The following safety tips will keep you in your chair.
Use reflections, lights, flags and other flashy items to stay visible on the road in the dark. Pedestrians, motorists and other road users will spot you from a distance.
Discard the Luggage
It goes without saying that as a new wheelchair user you will want to have your bags and stuff with you like before. The first place you will want to carry your bag is at the back of your wheelchair. This is not advisable. The weight of your bag may be too much for your chair and you may get your first fall the chair may tip off during transfer. Continue reading
Safety should come first for any wheelchair user. It does not matter if you are a pro user or are still a learner, in both instances safety still comes first. Your safety will depend on how you handle your chair and above all how you maintain it.
Most of wheelchair accidents are caused by slipping. To avoid slipping ensure that you always inspect your tires. Treat the tires of your wheelchair the same way you treat your car tires. Check your tires treat and replace if they are worn out. Monitor the chair levels and have them filled to the correct amount.
Learn the tricks
Using a wheelchair like a hobby, it gets better with time. A new user is more likely to get an accident as compared to an experienced rider. To stay safe in your chair make sure your caster wheels are facing straight forward when transferring in to your wheelchair.
Cuts and bruises
Wheelchair accidents are not limited to falls from tipping over only. You may sustain cuts or bruises from the edges of your hand rims while propelling the wheelchair. Inspect the edges of the rims for any rough, jagged edges. Protect your hands from the risk of cuts by wearing a protective glove. Continue reading
It is evident that a person who has to use a wheelchair has already been through a tough time. It might be as a result of a physiological or physical illness, injury, disability or old age. Safety for a wheelchair user is hence mandatory since the person in question is by all standards vulnerable. Care must be taken not to have him/her incur any further injury.
- Avoid potholes
Hitting a pot hole will destabilize the wheelchair and it will certainly tip over. If you must use a road with pot holes go around any that you come across.
- Keep off uneven surfaces
Look out for curbs, staircases, slopes and any other kinds of inclines. The wheelchair will not balance on such areas and might hurt the user.
- Don’t go to the beach or use sandy sidewalks/roads
When sand builds up on the tires it will cause the wheelchair to be off balance. If you must go to sand areas then ensure there’s someone to help you clean the sand off the tires. Continue reading