How to take good care of your chair.
Most of our wheelchairs are controlled by complex mini-computers that, day in and day out, get lots of strenuous use. Your chair is like a car, if you want to be able to continue getting around, you’ll need to make sure you put it through routine maintenance.
Here are the best ways to take care of your chair.
- Check axels and sleeves every six months to confirm they are tight.
- Confirm the battery is fully charged and electrical connections are tight and not corroded.
- Check the brakes daily on a level surface.
- Keep all surfaces clean and free from foreign substances, such as mud, dirt, food, drink, etc.
- Check inflatable tire pressure WEEKLY and maintain tire pressure as shown on sidewall.
- Extreme heat or cold are not good for any chair. Store chair systems in moderate temperatures.
- Approach any unknown path, door, drop-off or raised surface with caution before proceeding.
- Avoid any surface, interior or exterior, when unsure of chair stability.
- Do not attempt to enter a vehicle unassisted.
- Observe chair weight limits. Never lean, reach or bend while seated or take friends for rides.
- On inclines, keep chair moving slow and steady. Avoid sudden starts and stops.
- Make safety checks on your chair’s tires, battery and joystick before each use.
- Really read your owner’s manual before using your chair for the first time.
- To avoid tipping over, avoid high speeds and sudden movements when turning corners.