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Winter Safety Tips for Wheelchair Users

Whether you’re a fan of winter or not, the winter season is inevitable and we all have no choice but to adapt accordingly. Adapting to winter weather can simply include minor changes such as: wearing thicker clothing, sleeping with extra layers of blankets, and ending each day with a mug full of hot cocoa, however, for wheelchair users, the transition from fall to winter is not always that simple.

We want to simplify the change and ensure safety for our friends on wheelchairs by sharing our top three tips to keeping safe during the wintry months!

Install Snow Tires

Just like snow tires for your vehicle, snow tires for wheelchairs play an important role in keeping you safe on a day-to-day basis. Wheelchair snow tires work the same way snow tires for cars do. They provide extra gripping ability, allows for better control on slippery surfaces, and assists in preventing slips and slides while on-the-go.

Prep Yourself for “Worst Case Scenerios”

This tip goes for everyone! We highly recommend traveling with a “survival kit” because accidents do happen! To make sure you are setting yourself up for success during those dangerous times, a pre-made survival kit is ideal to have around. Consider including items such as:

  • water
  • non-perishable food
  • matches
  • a blanket
  • flashlight
  • external charge for phone

That’s only to name a few essentials! Think about your needs and pick items based upon them.

You’re Never Too Old for the Buddy System

The Buddy System is a good system to use, especially those traveling with the assistance of a wheelchair. Having someone with you during the winter time helps prevent accidents as you’ll have another set of eyes on the look-out for any potential danger. With a friend traveling with you, you are able to rely on them for assistance when needed.

Now, it is a give-in that someone can not be by your side every second of the day but even letting a friend or family member know your where-about’s is a great idea. That way, if something does happen during your commute, your family and friends will know exactly where to look for you if needed!

These tips won’t stop accidents from happening but they will assist in preventing them! If you or someone you know is a wheelchair user, please educate them on how they can stay safe during the winter season. If you have any questions, concerns, or are interested in learning more tips and tricks on staying safe while using a wheelchair – do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Be safe, be smart, and have yourself a warm winter.



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