Can Electric Wheelchairs Get Wet? Tips for Protecting Your Mobility Device

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Electric wheelchairs provide invaluable freedom and independence to individuals with mobility issues, allowing them to navigate their surroundings with ease. However, when it comes to weather, such as rain, concerns about the safety of the powerchairs may arise. In this blog post, we’ll explore whether electric wheelchairs can get wet and provide tips on how to protect your mobility device.

Can Electric Wheelchairs Get Wet?

Electric wheelchairs, like any electronic device, are susceptible to damage when exposed to water. Moisture can seep into the electrical components, leading to malfunction or even permanent damage. It’s essential to take precautions to protect your device from rain and other forms of moisture.

Tips for Protecting Your Electric Wheelchair in the Rain:

  1. Use Wheelchair Accessories: Invest in waterproof covers or canopies specifically designed for electric wheelchairs. These accessories can provide an additional layer of protection against rain and moisture, keeping your wheelchair dry.
  2. Seek Shelter: Whenever possible, avoid exposing your electric wheelchair to rain by seeking shelter indoors. Planning your outings around weather forecasts can help you avoid getting caught in the rain.
  3. Apply Waterproofing Products: Consider applying waterproofing products, such as sprays or coatings, to the exposed components of your electric wheelchair. These products can help repel water and prevent it from penetrating sensitive areas.
  4. Maintain Regular Maintenance: Keep your electric wheelchair well-maintained to prevent potential water damage. Regularly inspect the electrical connections, wiring, and battery compartment for any signs of moisture or corrosion. Promptly address any issues to avoid further damage.
  5. Store Properly: When not in use, store your electric wheelchair in a dry and secure location, such as a garage or indoors. Avoid leaving it exposed to the elements for an extended period, especially during heavy rain or storms.

If you’re considering purchasing an electric wheelchair, Irish Stairlifts and Bathrooms offers demonstrations in their showroom located in Clane, Co. Kildare. Please note that showroom visits are by appointment only.

View our range or electric wheelchairs now on our website. 

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