With roads becoming increasingly busier around the UK, safety has never been more prevalent. However, it isn’t just road safety that needs to be at the forefront of our minds; fire and theft also become an increased risk. In 2016, 200,000 mobility scooters were stolen. Even more worryingly, 80% of folding mobility scooters were taken from the owner’s house.
Folding Mobility Scooters
Unfortunately, folding mobility scooters pose a fire risk to themselves, usually when charging. However, luckily there are ways to reduce the fire risk a mobility scooter can present. So for example, regular servicing of folding mobility scooters reduce the fire risk immensely. Another way you can be sure of fire safety is to not charge your scooter battery overnight. It’s actually preferable to not leave an unattended battery charging at all.
When it comes to storing your mobility scooter, don’t block any escape routes or block any communal areas in case the worst were to happen. We know the beeping of an overly sensitive fire alarm can be annoying, but it’s there for a very good reason – and by law. Be sure to routinely check the batteries.
Luggie Mobility Scooter Safety
It’s sad that we should have to think about theft prevention. It is, however, better to be safe than sorry so we have got a few ideas to keep your folding mobility scooters safe!
Fit a scooter alarm. Working the same way as a car alarm, when activated the alarm will sound if the scooter is sat on or moved.
Have an ignition starter key. If you choose an ignition which requires a key to start it, you will make a thief’s job a lot harder!
Use a wheel clamp. A wheel clamp is affordable and simple to use. Just the sight of one on a scooter is enough to deter most thieves, but they are also manufactured to withstand tools which might be used to break them off.