Handicap Safety


Handicap safety means safety for people with disabilities to ensure them right to live a secure life with the least possible dangers. Actually, handicap people have physical or mental limitations which make them vulnerable in every walk of life. Thus, they need protection and special privileges all around them. This could be in the bedroom, bathroom, and house premises, outside the residence, class rooms or even at religious and public places.

How do we ensure their safety? The first condition for the safety of a handicap person is to provide them with assistive devices to move about in and around his residence freely. Handicap people have restricted movements or visual impairments. To avoid any potential dangerous falls, bathrooms for handicap should be well equipped with shower grab bar, central support system and safety bath tub. Moreover, the bedrooms should be fitted with accessories to give more comfort to the physically-challenged persons. A wheelchair lift can help them out in strolling from floor-to-floor. Whereas, a disability van can facilitate them easy access to a local grocery shops, doctors' clinic or a nearby church. One more important aspect of handicap safety is that their mobility equipment should be thoroughly checked by a professional every three or four months.

In addition to the above, the housing for the disabled should be designed and constructed adhering to the guidelines given by Federal Disability Commission. For example, the floor of the houses should not be slippery and very clear destination marks should be put up with colored diagrams. The parents or caretakers of the handicap should be given special training to ensure safety and security to the disabled.