Winter Is Here: How To Keep You And Your Wheelchair Mobile
If you're confined to a wheelchair, winter weather can make it difficult to get around, especially when you're dealing with snow and ice. You can't stay in your home until the weather clears up. Here are three tips that will help you and your wheelchair remain mobile this winter.
Start with a Maintenance Check
If you haven't had your wheelchair inspected in a while, you need to have that taken care of quickly. You need your wheelchair to be in tiptop shape during the winter. A maintenance appointment will ensure that everything is functioning properly and that all the nuts and bolts are securely fastened. If you live in an area where snow and ice are a common occurrence, it's also a good idea to have your wheelchair cleaned thoroughly at least once this winter. Road salt can cause serious damage to your wheelchair.
Upgrade Your Tires
If you're going to be faced with snow and ice this winter, it's time to upgrade your tires. Ordinary all-weather wheelchair tires do great under normal conditions. However, when it comes to harsh winter weather, you need tires that will cut through the snow and ice. For that, you need snow tires or wheel blades. Wheel blades are like small skis for your wheelchair. They'll help you ride smoothly over ice and snow. It's also a good idea to consider the addition of anti-tippers on your chair. That way, should you happen to hit a slick piece of ice, your chair won't tip over.
Ice-Proof Your Wheelchair Ramp
If you have a wheelchair ramp installed at your home, you need to take steps to ice-proof it. Without proper ice-proofing, your chair will slide right down the ramp, which could result in serious injuries for yourself.
Plastic Snow Shovel
During the snowy weather, the first piece of equipment you'll need for your wheelchair ramp is a plastic snow shovel. Metal shovels will leave gouges in your ramp, which could cause your chair to tip over if your wheels were to get caught up.
When it comes to your ramp, you want a deicer that won't harm your wheelchair. That's why you need a liquid deicer. The liquid deicer will melt the ice without leaving the road salt residue that can damage your wheelchair.
In addition to the plastic shovel and the liquid deicer, you'll also need a non-skid mat. Without the non-skid mat, your ramp may become quite slippery during the winter. Your non-skid mat will give you the traction you need to navigate your ramp safely.
For more information, contact a wheelchair provider.