SAFETY MANUAL 2018
READ BEFORE OPERATING
This Safety Manual provides basic information about the safe operation of eWheels medical scooters. Please read all of the information provided in this Manual and any other information provided with your new scooter before riding your scooter for the first time.
Your scooter is a state-of-the-art, life-enhancement device designed to increase mobility. It was designed and built to meet Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements. While this product is intended to meet a variety of needs of different users, the final selection and purchasing decision concerning which type of scooter to be used is the responsibility of the scooter user, who is capable of making such a decision with his/her healthcare professional (i.e., medical doctor, physical therapist, etc.).
The contents of this manual are based on the expectation that a mobility device expert has properly fitted the scooter to the the individual user and has assisted the user in the proper use this product.
The below warnings and instructions caution against some activities. Reviewing this list is not a substitute for reading the entire Manual. Use common sense when operating your scooter.
Do not disassemble your scooter on your own.
Avoid touching hot parts of your scooter during or after operation.
Avoid touching hot parts of your scooter that may have become hot from exposure to sunlight.
Do not touch any chemicals in the scooter.
Keep your hands and other body parts away from moving parts of the scooter.
Do not operate the scooter with any loose clothing or dangling which wires which could become trapped in the wheels or other moving components of the scooter.
Do not use any battery which is not approved by eWheels for use with your scooter.
Do not allow children to play on the scooter or use it without supervision.
Single-person scooters should only be used by one person at a time.
Do not operate the scooter while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other medications which may impair your ability to operate a vehicle.
Do not operate the scooter while using a mobile phone or other mobile device.
Do not operate your scooter if it is not functioning properly.
Never try to operate your scooter beyond the its limitations as described in the manual.
Size and Weight Limits
Your scooter was designed to accommodate users up to a specified size and weight. As each scooter is designed and rated differently, ensure you check your particular scooter model’s limits. Periodically check your weight against your scooter’s limits, as your weight may fluctuate over time. Ensure other users of your scooter are within the weight limits. Operation of the scooter by a user over the weight limit can damage the scooter and can cause hazardous situations, including increased braking distances and times, decreased steering responsiveness, tip-overs, and other dangers which may cause injury. Further, modifications which increase the riding height of the scooter, which raise the user’s riding height on the scooter, or which otherwise change the center of gravity of the scooter can damage the scooter and cause the hazardous situations identified above. eWheels is not responsible for damage to the scooter or personal injury caused by exceeding weight limitations or modifying the center of gravity of your scooter. Do not adjust your seat while the scooter is in motion or operating.
General Operation – Safety Belt
If your scooter is equipped with a safety belt, use it all times when seated in the scooter. Do not operate your scooter without wearing the safety belt. Have the belt replaced by an authorized repair technician if the safety belt becomes frayed, cut, or shows other signs of wear or damage.
General Operation - Mirrors
If your scooter is equipped with mirrors, orient them so that you can see behind you. Orient the mirrors while sitting on the scooter but while the scooter is not moving and is not in operation. Never attempt to adjust the mirrors while operating the scooter. Proper orientation of the mirrors should allow you to see behind you and should minimize blind spots.
General Operation – Lights and Signals
If your scooter is equipped with headlights and turn signals, use them. Using headlights at night, and even at day, increases your visibility to other vehicles. Using turn signals provides warning to vehicle and pedestrian traffic near you.
General Operation – Driving Outdoors
Your scooter is designed to be driven on clean, even, dry surfaces. eWheels does not recommend you store your scooter outdoors. Your scooter is susceptible to damage to electronic, mechanical, or other components if exposed to water. If you are caught outside during inclement weather, seek shelter or ask someone for assistance.
Always ensure that the power is switched off when getting on or off the scooter. Never attempt to mount or dismount the scooter if it is operational or moving. Do not switch the power off when the scooter is still moving forward or in reverse. Always check that the variable speed switch is set to the desired speed setting. Always check that the desired direction of forward or reverse travel is selected when ready to drive.
General Operation – Public Roads
Unless specifically permitted or authorized by the state, do not drive your scooter on public roads. If you need to drive along a public road, use the sidewalk adjoining the road. Always use care when driving near to or around public roads, as you may be less visible to motor vehicles when riding the scooter because of your smaller relative size and slower relative speed. Always be aware of state and local rules of traffic, and take those rules into account when operating your scooter; it is your responsibility to know those rules, obey them, and understand how other traffic will operate in accordance with such rules. eWheels recommends that you gain your first experiences with your scooter well away from public roads, so that you can learn and understand how the scooter operates and handles in a comfortable and quiet environment.
General Operation – Alternate Surfaces
Do not drive your scooter onto stairs or escalators; serious injury will result. Do not attempt to drive your scooter onto stairs or escalators. Most elevators are safe for use with the scooter. When confronted with stairs or escalators, navigate to the closest elevator instead. Conduct a visual inspection and assess the quality and condition of the elevator before using it. Use care; some elevators have awkward entrance angles that can make ingress and egress difficult.
General Operation – Curbs
Curbs generally are formed in two manners: abrupt, vertical curbs and gradual, smooth curbs. Your scooter cannot drive over or off of an abrupt, vertical curb. Do not attempt to do so, as this will cause serious damage to your scooter and likely injury to yourself. Do not drive over a curb or object exceeding 4 inches in height. Your scooter can drive over most gradual, smooth curbs. Approach such curbs head-on, so that the scooter is oriented perpendicular to the curb. Consistently apply speed over the curb until the rear wheels of the scooter have moved just past the curb. Do not approach the curb at an oblique angle; doing so can increase the risk that your scooter tips over. Likewise, when moving down a curb, approach the curb perpendicular to it and not at an oblique angle. Avoid stopping completely when going over small objects, curbs, or other obstacles and obstructions.
General Operation – Incline Control
Your scooter can handle a wide range of inclines and declines. The scooter is safe for operation on most handicap-accessible ramps. However, do not use the scooter on inclines of a degree which makes operation of the scooter difficult; if the scooter does not readily climb the incline, move off of the incline and/or ask for assistance. Likewise, do not use the scooter on declines of a degree which makes operation of the scooter difficult; if the scooter moves too quickly on an incline, fully apply the brakes, move off of the decline, and/or ask for assistance. eWheels recommends that you only use ramps which have a roughened surface to prevent slipping. Never drive in a transverse direction across an incline or turn sharply on an incline. Never drive in a reverse direction down an incline. Because the capability of your scooter to climb an incline or descend a decline depends on a number of factors, such as the scooter’s specifications, your size and weight, the quality of the surface, and your personal setup of the scooter, eWheels does not guarantee the scooter’s safety on a specific angle of incline or decline. However, eWheels does not recommend you use your scooter on inclines or declines greater than 10 degrees, while making no guarantees of performance and safety on angles less than 10 degrees.
General Operation – Cornering
Always reduce your speed when making sharp turns. Always control your speed when cornering. As with any vehicle, maneuvering a corner at a high speed increases the risk of tipping the scooter. You should maneuver at a speed which is reasonable for the scooter, its specifications and conditions, your size and weight, your angle of approach, the type of turn, and the surface conditions.
General Operation – Influences
Do not operate the scooter while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other medications which may impair your ability to operate a vehicle. The scooter is heavy and can reach significant speeds, but even at low speeds it is dangerous to operate under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other medications which may alter or impair your coordination, reaction time, reflexes, and other capabilities.
General Operation – Ingress and Egress
Exercise care when moving onto your scooter. Ensure the scooter is braked on level ground and the switch is in the off position. Brace yourself against a sturdy piece of furniture, or use a cane or other walking assistive equipment. Use your upper body to assist your legs in lowering you onto the scooter seat. Move downwardly slowly. Apply and buckle the safety belt. Sit for a few minutes before operating the scooter. Also exercise care when moving off of your scooter. Ensure the scooter is braked on level ground and the switch is in the off position. Unbuckle the safety belt. Getting up quickly or the wrong way could lead to injury. Look around for a sturdy piece of furniture, or use a cane or other walking assistive equipment. Use your upper body to assist your legs in lifting you. Lift slowly and pause for a few moments if you feel unsteady. Stand for a few minutes before moving further.
Always check your scooter for normal operation, loose parts, and defects before operating. If you find a problem, have it repaired before operating.
Keep your scooter clean and dry. Do not use a high-pressure water sprayer to clean the scooter. If you wash your scooter, use a damp sponge or cloth, and dry the scooter thoroughly before operating. Do not immerse any components in water.
Always check your scooter for wear or damage to the tires before operating.
Keep tires inflated to their recommended tire pressure at all times. Regularly check tires for wear, cracks, nails, or other damage. Keep tires clean and replace them when damaged. Failure to maintain the tires at the recommended tire pressure will cause premature wear, and failure to maintain the tires could lead to damage or personal injury.
Use Within a Motor Vehicle
Do not sit in or operate your scooter in a motor vehicle such as a train, bus, or large van. Stow or rack your scooter according to the motor vehicle’s guidelines before entering or when entering the motor vehicle. Never sit in your scooter while it is on or in a motor vehicle which is operating or in motion.
Do not use automotive batteries with your scooter. Always charge your scooter’s batteries in a well-ventilated area. eWheels recommends that you periodically charge your batteries, such as once a month, when your scooter is not in regular use. Ensure the switch is in the off position when the batteries are charged. Ensure that the power plug is inserted and plugged firmly into the battery during charging. Do not use an extension cord while charging the batteries. Do not use a battery which is cracked, leaking, or otherwise damaged. Do not use your scooter if the battery is cracked, leaking, or otherwise damaged. Keep tools and other metal elements away from the contact terminals of the batteries. Remove the batteries when transporting your scooter.
Modifications to the Scooter
Do not disassemble or modify your scooter on your own. Do not remove or disable any element or feature of your scooter. Do not modify the programmable controller governing the scooter’s electric, electronic, and electro-mechanical operations. While there are a wide range of after-market products available to modify and alter scooters, some may make your scooter more dangerous to operate or may impair your ability to operate the scooter safely. eWheels makes no claim or warranty as to the safety, effectiveness, and operability of any aftermarket product added to your scooter, or as to any modification you make or have made to your scooter, which are not performed by eWheels or eWheels approved vendors. eWheels is not responsible for damage to the scooter or personal injury caused by disassembly, modification, or other alteration of your scooter.
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