Safety Tips when using your Wheelchair
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.
Your back will go through a lot of strain if you do not chose as appropriate cushion. Remember you will spend most of the day in your wheelchair. An uncomfortable ride is the last thing you will want. Look out for tears and holes in your cushions and have the cushion repaired or replaced.
Burns from Hot Metal
These surfaces can get hot when the wheelchair has been out doors all day. Do not let your skin come in contact with them while hot you will get burnt. Besides, pay attention to the armrests they gather dirt and dust easily. Clean them regularly and stay safe from infections.
Always buckle your seat belt each time you use your wheelchair. The seat belt buckles can also get hot when you have been out in the sun all day, take precaution when fastening the belts so you do not get burnt.
Your wheelchair should have brakes that are in good working condition and should be used to slow down the chair. Avoid using wheel locks to slow down, the wheels will lock and the wheelchair will slide and cause an accident. Ensure both wheel locks are used when transferring in to the chair or out of the chair.
Tighten Screws and Bolts
The frame of your wheelchair should be kept in place. Loose screws and bolts should be tightened to enhance a sturdy chair. Your safety will not only be guaranteed, your posture will not be affected by a wobbly back rest.
Keeping yourself safe comes first. Constant checking and inspecting your wheelchair may seem tedious but it might save you from getting hurt and spending money in future.