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10 If you ignore these Warnings or fail to inspect or maintain your
wheelchair as directed in the manual , you may fall, tip over or lose
control of the wheelchair and seriously injure yourself or others or
damage the wheelchair.
8.2.10 Moving with Assistance
Caregivers should read the “Caregiver” section of this manual.
SECTION 8.1.3
8.2.10.1 Climbing a curb or single step
1. NEVER attempt to negotiate a
curb or single step without
assistance.
2. Instruct your assistant to stand
at the rear of your wheelchair, with the
front of the wheelchair facing the obstacle.
3. NEVER attempt to negotiate any such
obstacle backward.
4. Instruct your assistant to tilt the chair up on the rear wheels
so that the front casters clear the curb or step.
5. Instruct your assistant to slowly move the chair forward and
to gently lower the casters to the upper level as soon as you
are sure that they are beyond the edge of the curb or step.
6. Instruct your assistant to continue to roll the chair forward
until the rear wheels contact the face of the curb or step.
7. Instruct your assistant to lift and roll the rear wheels up to
the upper level.
8.2.10.2 Descending a curb or single step
1. NEVER attempt to negotiate a
curb or single step without
assistance.
2. When you are still several feet
or a couple of meters from the edge of
the curb or step, instruct your assistant to
stand at the rear of your wheelchair and
turn it around so you are facing away from the curb.
3. NEVER attempt to negotiate any curb or similar obstacle
facing forward.
4. Instruct the assistant to carefully step backwards, pulling the
wheelchair backwards, until he or she is off the curb or single
stair and standing on the lower level. The assistant should
watch his or her step over his or her shoulder when backing up
in this manner.
5. Instruct the assistant to carefully pull the wheelchair
backward until the rear wheels reach the edge of the curb or
step, and to then allow the rear wheels to slowly roll down to
the lower level.
6. Instruct the assistant that, when the rear wheels are safely
on the lower level, he or she may then tilt the chair backward
to the balance point of the rear wheels, thereby raising the
casters off the upper level.
7. Instruct the assistant to slowly roll the wheelchair backward
on the rear wheels, taking small steps until the casters have
cleared the step or curb and, when clear, to gently lower the
casters to the ground at the lower level.
8.2.11 Stairs
Use an elevator wherever possible.
Ask for help from two people to move the wheelchair up or
down stairs (the caregivers should read the “Caregiver” section
of this manual).
Fasten your seat belt when being lifted in the wheelchair.
8.2.12 Climbing a flight of stairs warning
DO NOT CLIMB a flight of stairs with the user in the
wheelchair. Motion Composites recognizes that
wheelchair users may, on occasion, have no other
choice and will need to be moved up or down a flight of
stairs or will need to be lifted. Only when there is no
other alternative, care givers and wheelchair users
should follow these steps to climb a flight of stairs.
1. NEVER attempt to negotiate more than one step unless you
have two (2) able adult assistants.
2. ALWAYS position the wheelchair and user facing away from
the stairs, with one assistant at the rear (facing away from the
stairs) and one at the front of the wheelchair (facing the user).
3. The assistant at the rear of the wheelchair is in control and
know how to climb a flight of stairs. He or she must tilt the
wheelchair back to find its balance point on the rear wheels.
4. NEVER attempt to lift a wheelchair by lifting on any
removable (detachable) parts, including upholstery, removable
push handles or push handle grips.
5. ALWAYS hold the wheelchair from a solid part of the frame.
6. The second assistant at the front must firmly grip the frame
(NOT the footrest or footplate) with both hands and lift the
wheelchair up and over one stair at a time.
7. Each assistant then carefully moves up to the next stair.
8. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for each stair, until you reach the
top of the stairs.
9. When you reach the top of the stairs, the assistants should
roll the wheelchair backward on the two rear wheels until the
casters have cleared the last step, at which point the assistants
can gently lower the casters on the floor.
8.2.13 Descending a flight of stairs warning
DO NOT DESCEND a flight of stairs with the user in
the wheelchair.
Motion Composites recognizes that wheelchair users
may, on occasion, have no other choice and will need to
be moved up or down a flight of stairs. Only when there
is no other alternative, care givers and wheelchair users
should follow these steps to descend a flight of stairs.
1. NEVER attempt to negotiate more than one step unless you
have two (2) able adult assistants.
2. ALWAYS position the wheelchair and user facing down from
the stairs, with one assistant at the rear (facing dons from the
stairs) and one at the front of the wheelchair (facing the user).
3. The assistant at the front of the wheelchair is in control and
know how to descend a flight of stairs. The person at the rear
must tilt the wheelchair back to find its balance point on the
rear wheels.
4. NEVER attempt to lift a wheelchair by lifting on any
removable (detachable) parts, including upholstery, removable
push handles or push handle grips.
5. ALWAYS hold the wheelchair from a solid part of the frame.
6. The assistant at the front must firmly grip the frame
(NOT the footrest or footplate) with both hands and lift the
wheelchair over one stair at a time.
7. Each assistant then carefully moves down to the next stair.
8. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for each stair, until you reach the
bottom of the stairs.
9. When you reach the bottom of the stairs, the assistants
should move the wheelchair forward until the two rear wheels
clears the last step, at which point the assistants can gently
lower the casters and back wheels on the floor.
If you ignore these warnings, you may fall, tip over or lose
control of the wheelchair and seriously injure yourself or other
people and or damage the wheelchair.
8.2.14 Escalators
Under no circumstances should this wheelchair be used on an
escalator, not even with the help of an attendant. This could
cause severe injuries.
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