Wheelchair Seat Belts

Written by Amy Hall
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It is pretty much self-explanatory why wheelchair seat belts are necessary. Just as we need to wear seat belts in our cars in case we have a collision or have to stop short, people who ride in both motorized and manual wheelchairs need to use some sort of safety harness. You may think that a person in a wheelchair could not possibly be moving fast enough to need a seat belt, but, even at slow speeds, it is imperative to use a seat belt.

Let me give you an example from my own experience on the importance of wheelchair seat belts. I used to work in the special education department of a public high school. The girl in my care had cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair. I pushed her to and from class through the halls, which was a challenge during passing, as there were hundreds of kids scrambling to get to class on time.

One day, I was rounding a corner, and had to stop abruptly as a group of kids coming from the other direction cut us off. If this girl did not have a seat belt around her lap, she would most definitely have fallen out of the wheelchair. Even with the seat belt on, she still lurched forward rather abruptly.

Wheelchair Seat Belts for Total Safety

The chances are good that you understand the importance of wheelchair seat belts, if you are the one in the wheelchair. However, it is vital that caregivers who push others around in wheelchairs also understand how important these seat belts are for the patient's safety. You can purchase these seat belts through retailers that sell lightweight wheelchairs, ramps, and other accessories.

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