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Elevators installed with more than 4 inches of “gap space” between the hoistway doors and the elevator car doors can pose a serious safety risk. Children may become entrapped in the space and could be seriously injured or killed. This risk can be reduced with the proper installation of space guards at each floor.

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3 Wheelchair Safety Tips

Learn how to be safe when operating your wheelchair.

Mobility issues and disabilities can cause people to rely on travel devices to assist them in getting from place to place.  Depending on the issue, you might have to depend on a wheelchair to help you get around your home.  When you first get your wheelchair, it is critical that you know how to use it and make sure you comprehend all of the safety precautions.  Luckily, there are only a few safety tips you need to follow when operating a wheelchair.

Center of Gravity

One of the most important things to be aware of when operating a wheelchair is your center of gravity.  When you first get into your wheelchair, make sure you determine your proper position when sitting and moving.  You should have a proper position that allows for bending and reaching for items without falling out of your wheelchair.  It is best to practice moving your body in your wheelchair and reaching for item while someone is watching you just in case you need assistance.

Reaching and Bending

It is vital that you are safe at all times while reaching and bending for an object whether you are positioned backwards or forwards.  If you happen to reach for an item by bending backward, make sure to position your wheelchair as close to the object as possible.  Position the casters away from the wheelchair base and reach for the object without changing your sitting position.  Do the same for when you are reaching and bending forward, and make sure to engage the locks.

Operating Tips

When using your wheelchair, make sure to avoid placing heavy items on the back of it because it can cause you to tip backward.  Whenever you need to get in or out of your chair, remember to engage the brakes.  

Preferred Mobility For Your Mobility Needs

Whether you need a simple walking cane, a wheelchair, or a power scooter, Preferred Mobility has a wide range of equipment for all of your needs.  Our sister company is passionate about matching their customers with the perfect mobility product to improve their lives.  Contact Preferred Mobility at (410)238-4848 if you have any questions or are interested in their products.  Their full service store is located at 7110 Golden Ring Road, Suite 102, Essex, MD 21221.


Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For 11 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of our equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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    Preferred Elevator

    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
    • 24/7 Emergency Service
    • Business Hours:
      Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
    • MHIC #123888
    • Elevators Contractors License #1186
    • DC License #ELC1300867