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8If 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. Riding your HELIO C2
Various adjustments of your wheelchair (seat height/
depth/system, back angle, rear & front wheels camber/
size/position, position of the front riggings) could affect
the center of gravity. The adjustments should be
performed by a professional and the wheelchair user
should be aware that the stability could be affected by
these adjustments.
DO NOT tilt the wheelchair or perform a wheelie
without assistance.
DO NOT stand on the wheelchair or part of the frame
of the wheelchair.
DO NOT sit or transfer into the wheelchair unless it is
fully open and the seat frame rails are fully seated into
the receivers.
DO NOT use the footplate as a platform when getting
in or out of the wheelchair or to reach for an object.
8.1.1 To reduce the risk of accident
We recommend that you review safe wheelchair use with your
physician prior to using this equipment.
Take the time to read the instructions in this manual to ensure
that you feel comfortable using the wheelchair without
assistance. Always be aware of hazards. Anti-tippers MUST
be used with your wheelchair at all times. Because anti-tippers
are an option in some markets on this wheelchair, Motion
Composites strongly recommends to order the anti-tippers
as they are an important safeguard for the wheelchair user.
Always use anti-tippers..
8.1.2 Environmental Conditions
The HELIO C2 was designed to be used on hard and plane
surfaces like asphalt, concrete, and indoor hard flooring or
carpeting.
DO NOT operate on roads, streets or highways.
Beware that the maneuverability of the wheelchair is
significantly affected by different outside conditions such as
sand, mud, rain, snow and rough surfaces. If you use your
wheelchair in these conditions, it is recommended that you have
it frequently serviced. Be careful when using your wheelchair
on wet or slippery surfaces. Exposure to water or excessive
moisture can be damaging and may even cause the wheelchair
to corrode over the long-term.
DO NOT leave your wheelchair in humid environments such as
the bathroom (e.g. while taking a shower). Store the wheelchair
in a dry and cool location. The wheel chair should be stored
away from a direct exposure to sunlight. If the wheelchair is
wet, dry all parts with a cloth before storing it.
DO NOT use your wheelchair in the shower, pool, or other
water situations.
8.1.3 Caregivers
• Never use removable parts (e.g. armrests, footrests) to push
the wheelchair and never use them to lift the wheelchair
occupied since they could cause injuries or damage.
• Ensure that the wheelchair is equipped with push handles and
that its grips are securely in place.
• Turn anti-tipping devices upwards or remove them to avoid
tripping.
• Should you need to leave the wheelchair user unattended,
engage the wheel locks and place the anti-tipping devices
back in the downward position.
• Ask an experienced caregiver to explain safe assistance
methods to you.
• Ensure ongoing communication between you and the
wheelchair user as to avoid any kind of confusion.
• Maintain proper posture to tilt or lift the wheelchair; keep your
back straight and bend at the knees.
• Instruct the wheelchair user to lean his/her back when you are
tilting the wheelchair.
8.2 Riding your wheelchair
8.2.0 In order to reduce the risk of a tip-over, you
should:
1. CONSULT your doctor, nurse or therapist to find out what
axle and caster position and other chair configuration options
are best for you.
2. CONSULT your authorized Motion Composites dealer
BEFORE you modify or adjust your wheelchair. Often, an
adjustment you wish to make can be offset by another that
you have not considered. For example, you may want to adjust
the back angle rearward, which will increase the likelihood
of a rear tip-over. You might not think you could counteract
this tendency by moving the rear wheels backward. Your
authorized Motion Composites dealer will be able to give you
expert, personalized advice in such matters.
3. ALWAYS have someone assist you until you learn your
chair’s balance points and are completely comfortable in your
ability to operate your chair under all conditions so as to avoid
tip-overs.
4. ALWAYS use anti-tippers.
If you ignore these Warnings, you may fall, tip over or lose
control of the wheelchair and seriously injure yourself or others
or damage the wheelchair.
8.2.1 Balance point
It is important to begin by learning all of the specific
characteristics of your wheelchair. Ask a health professional
to explain them to you. Carrying a backpack will affect the
balance point of your wheelchair. Be aware of resulting
handling factors in relation to your body position, posture or
weight distribution. The center of gravity is affected by the
angle of the wheelchair on a ramp or slope. This can be felt in
forward and backward as well as side to side movements.
Make sure to review the different riding techniques prior to
using the wheelchair. Use anti-tippers until you are skilled at
riding your wheelchair in any situation.
8.2.2 Wheelies
DO NOT attempt to perform a wheelie in
your wheelchair because of the dangerous
nature of this kind of maneuver. Motion
Composites recognizes that some
wheelchair users will ignore this Warning. If
you should choose to ignore this Warning,
you should follow these steps to help learn
to do a “wheelie” as safely as possible.
NEVER attempt to learn to do a wheelie without first consulting
your health care advisor. NEVER attempt to learn to do a
wheelie without an assistant that can catch you if you should
happen to start to fall. NEVER attempt to learn to do a wheelie
unless you are a skilled rider on this chair.
Motion Composites always recommend using the anti-tippers
at all-time unless they need to be removed to go up or down a
curb/step. Anti-tippers should be reinstalled once the curb/step
is cleared.
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