There are many precautions to take when using a wheelchair lift.
Wheelchair lifts enable people with reduced mobility to enter and exit vehicles.
Check the instructions and follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
The recommended maintenance program is usually included in the user manual.
With snow, water, salt and ice, you must be especially cautious. Even if the maximum number of lift cycles recommended by the manufacturer has not yet been reached, it is strongly suggested that you have the mechanisms inspected each year.
You should regularly check the lift's components to ensure that they are suitable and in good working condition.
In particular, check that the safety features, such as any roll stops and safety straps, are in good working order.
These regular inspections will also help extend the wheelchair lift's lifespan.
Its safety system is not working properly or is damaged. The wheelchair occupant could fall and sustain serious injuries.
Step 1 – Park the vehicle. Be sure to pay particular attention to where you are parking:
Step 2 – Make sure that the vehicle's transmission is in park (P) and that the parking brake is engaged
Step 3 – Deploy the lift and make sure that it remains in its proper position
Step 4 – Lower the lift to the level of the ground
Step 5 – While lowering the lift, pay attention to the lift's roll stops:
Step 6 – Apply the wheelchair's wheel locking mechanism to prevent it from moving during ascent. Attach the safety strap if one is provided
Step 7 – Slowly raise the lift a few centimetres to ensure that the roll stop deploys:
Step 8 – Once the lift is level with the vehicle floor:
Step 9 – Fold the lift into its stowed position and close the door of the vehicle
Step 10 – Position the wheelchair in the desired space using the restraint devices and attach the seat belt properly
To allow the wheelchair to exit the vehicle, simply repeat the steps in the reverse order while taking the same precautions.
Last update: July 21, 2021