Is There a Step Stool That Seniors Can Use To Get On a Bus Safely

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What makes one step stool better than another to assist senior citizens or physically handicapped passengers entering a bus with the first bus stair step at 10 to 13 inches from the ground?

First you have to determine if the step stool being used is going to get kicked around or not.
Second, you need to know if the driver of the bus will be assisting the senior passengers up to the bus stairs.
Third, is the step stool going to help or hinder the passenger either boarding or disembarking the bus?

Let’s tackle the first issue: Most step stools have legs. When a visually impaired senior citizen is approaching the bus stairs and a step stool with legs is set in place to assist that passenger up to the first bus step it is entirely possible for the senior passenger to misjudge where the top of the step stool is. They mistakenly think that their first foot is on top of the step when really it is under the step between the legs. When the senior passenger tries to bring their second foot up…they fall because their first foot is caught under the step. The Shure-Step Senior Step has a perimeter wall that keeps the passenger’s foot from getting under the step stool. It is entirely possible that the senior passenger could kick the side of the Shure-Step moving it from it’s desired position but since this step stool weighs 10 pounds and has large rubber pads on the bottom, it is unlikely to happen unless the passenger gives it a soccer ball kick.

Second issue: Some companies require that the bus driver be present at the bus door whenever passengers board or disembark. This action assures that the passengers have an extra layer of fall prevention at the most critical moment of their bus travel. When the bus driver is present to help passengers fewer falls occur. It makes no sense to have the bus driver anywhere else other than this, but this action is often overlooked by some transportation companies. Be sure to ask if driver assistance will be available when booking your travel.

Third issue: If the step stool used assist the senior passengers on and off the bus isn’t the correct height a senior passenger might stumble on it whether they be trying to get on or off the bus. If the passenger can’t see the step stool very well they could misjudge it and step off the side of the step causing a fall. Is the step stool rated for at least a 500 pound load? If not it could cause a fall because the passenger may feel unstable and become nervous; Creating a dangerous situation for the passenger.

Finally, be sure to check with your transportation company and ask what kind of step stool and assistance they offer to passengers using their service. If you don’t like the answer, choose another bus company. Or contact Shure-Step.com to get a safe step stool for your loved one.

How to Replace the Rubber Pads on the Bottom of Your ShureStep

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This is a how to video showing the correct procedure for replacing the new heavy duty
masticated rubber pads on the bottom of any Shure-Step model.

Hidden Dangers of the Folding Step Stool

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The Safe Step Stool Guy gives you an inside look at how dangerous a folding step stool is and why they are an accident waiting to happen. <br><br>

Does Your Step Stool Meet OSHA Regulations? ANSI Standards?

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Shure-Steps are load rated for 500 pounds, all but two models have 6 large rubber pads on the bottom to keep them from sliding on slick or wet floors. The Shure-Steps also have non-slip top surface to prevent shoes from slipping. A few of the companies that have tested and use Shure-Step products are: Boeing, United Airlines, Ford, Chrysler, Greyhound Bus, US Airways, Winn-Dixie Grocery Stores, Piggly Wiggly Grocery Stores. According to OSHA, there are no requirements for general purpose step stools under the height of 24 inches. Any step stools that are 24 inches or higher are required to have a handrail. The OSHA regulations for step stools are woven within the “Stairways & Ladders” Regulation 1926.1053 which is much too lengthy to print here.

We have reprinted the ANSI Standard for step stools below.

ANSI ASC A14.5-2007 American National Standards for Ladders – Portable Reinforced Plastic – Safety Requirements

This standard prescribes rules governing the safe construction, design, testing, care and use of portable reinforced plastic ladders of various Types and styles. Ladder Types included are:

Duty Rating             Ladder Type     Working Load (pounds)
Special Duty                  IAA                     375
Extra Heavy-Duty        IA                     300
Heavy-Duty                   I                          250
Medium-Duty              II                         225
Light-Duty                    III                        200

Ladder styles include ladder type step stools, portable extension, step, trestle, sectional, combination, single, platform, and articulating ladders, but excluding ladders in and on mines, the fire services, mobile equipment, hoisting equipment, work platforms, antenna communications towers, transmission towers, utility poles, and chimneys. It does not cover special-purpose ladders that do not meet the general requirements of this standard, nor does it cover ladder accessories, including, but not limited to, ladder levelers, ladder stabilizers or stand-off devices, ladder jacks, or ladder straps or hooks, that may be installed on or used in conjunction with ladders.

Note: Ladder type step stools are covered by A14.5. It is recognized that a step stool standard is under development. When the step stool standard is approved, A14.5 will no longer cover ladder type step stools.These requirements are also intended to prescribe rules and criteria for labeling/marking of the kinds of portable ladders cited in this standard, but exclusive of furniture type step stools and special purpose ladders. These labeling/marking requirements do not apply to those situations where training, supervision, or documented safety procedures would be in conflict, or serve in lieu of, these labeling/marking requirements.


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Which Kitchen Step Stool is Safe?

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If you’re looking for a safe step stool to use in your kitchen then you’ve probably seen many different models to choose from. Some are wooden step stools, some are plastic step stools, some are metal step stools and others are folding step stools which may be a combination of metal with plastic rungs..Which one is best for a kitchen step stool? That depends on which features are most important to you. So you may want to ask yourself, “What am I trying to accomplish in the kitchen.” This simple question and a little investigation into the features of each step stool will help you choose the kitchen step stool that works best for you.

Wooden Step Stools


Are wooden step stools the best choice for a kitchen step? Let’ see, wooden step stools can come painted in different themes or characters, you can get them made as children step stools with Mickey Mouse or your childs favorite cartoon character painted on them. The childrens step stools are smaller and lighter so your child can drag them around easily. Kids step stools are usually made to handle a maximum load of about 150 pounds, so we’re talking about young children. The wooden step stools made for children are not a safe step stool for your kitchen! Check the load rating!!! If the step stool looks like it was made for a child, it probably shouldn’t b used in your kitchen.

Folding Step Stools


The most popular steps for kitchen use are the folding step stools. Why? For 2 main reasons: First they are the cheapest to purchase and they fold up to store, taking up very little space. You can find the folding step stools in most hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot and in department stores like Target and Wal-Mart. But buyers beware of these folding step stools!! The load rating on these steps is very low, typically between 150-225 pounds. If you stand on the second rung of the folding step stool and lean over, you may find yourself on the floor. These step stools are not very stable or sturdy.

Plastic Step Stools


Most plastic step stools are single piece construction, but I’ve seen 1 or 2 that do collapse for storage purposes. The most popular of the plastic step stools is the Rubbermaid brand. The reason why is they are easy to find at your local hardware or department store and they are cheaply priced. Be absolutely sure to check out the load rating on these Rubbermaid step stools before you get it home to find out it is too flimsy for your needs.

Metal Step stools


Metal step stools come in various shapes and sizes for different industries, but they all have one glaring problem, the rubber pads used on the bottom the legs will wear through, making it far too easy for this step stool to slide out from under you. The second problem with metal step stools is the welds that hold the legs to the step are prone to break or at best, crack. Making this step stool unstable, and a huge liability waiting to happen.If you’re big concern is stability and load rating you may want to look at the Shure-Step® step stools. They are superior to folding and wooden step stools because they hold an enormous amount of weight and will not tip over or slide out from under you. These steps are rated at 500 lbs so they can handle a person carrying a heavy load.

David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for 11 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find kitchen step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a stepstool for you, go to www.Shure-Step.com

 

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Safe Step Stools for Seniors

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Do you know a senior citizen that’s having trouble getting into a bus or SUV? Finding a safe step stool for your aging adult or physically challenged loved one can be difficult. Many of us have parents, grandparents or aunts & uncles that are either aging or physically challenged and have problems getting into a bus or SUV. Possibly, they have just had surgery, making it almost impossible for them to lift their leg more than 5 or 6 inches off the ground. This really poses a serious risk of injury when you try to take them out to grab a meal or go to a doctor’s appointment. Getting your loved one into your vehicle or doing anything that requires transporting them can be a real hassle.

Independent retirement homes and other adult communities have the exact same problem and they have tried to solve the problem by building their own wooden step stools out of plywood. Other communities have tried to use old Coca-Cola bottle crates as wooden step stools to help their residents overcome this problem. Some have even resorted to using a heavy block of wood as a wooden step stool so their senior passengers could get up to that first step on the bus they were traveling on. Directors for adult living facilities as well as the directors of nursing for these facilities are faced with finding a safe step stool for their seniors that is light, durable and easy to see. Finding a safe step stool to solve this national problem shouldn’t have to be this hard! Hasn’t anyone come up with a 6 inch step stool for seniors to solve this problem?

Look no more!! There is one safe step stool designed with the senior citizen specifically in mind. This step stool is called the Senior Step stool and it’s made by a company called Shure-Step®. You can find the Senior Step stool at www.Shure-Step.com. This safe step stool is 6 inches high, it has a large top surface area, it has a rough sandpaper pad on the top so your seniors’ feet will not slide or slip while stepping on it and the color is bright yellow so it’s easy to see. If you’re need includes using a safe step stool in very cold climates where there is ice on the ground, the Shure-Step® company offers ice cleats for its step stools.

The Senior Citizen population in the US is growing quickly. This segment of our population has special needs regarding mobility. In order for this segment of our population to be mobile they require the assistance of a safe step stool. Most step stools are not user friendly for physically challenged older adults, but the Senior Step is. In fact this safe step stool was designed with information from 3 different directors of adult living communities and one director of nursing. If your looking for a safe step stool to help an older adult get into a bus or SUV, be sure to go to www.Shure-Step.com.

David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for 9 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find kitchen step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a stepstool for you, go to www.shurestep.com

How to Find a Safe Bus Step Stool?

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When you see a step stool sitting in front of a bus do you wonder if it’s a safe step stool? Let’s take a look at the step stools buses use and why. Some of the step stools the buses are using are metal step stools. These step stools are made of square metal tubes welded to a metal frame with legs that have rubber pads on the bottom. At first glance these step stools look sturdy, but upon closer inspection you may find that these bus step stools are not as safe as they look.

For a step stool to be safe, legs are not recommended. Why, Bus drivers have repeatedly told me horror stories as they watched visually impaired seniors who couldn’t clearly see the top of the bus step stooll and put their foot under the bus step stool instead of on top. They looked somewhat confused as they tried to lift their foot and the bus step stool moving with their foot.

Also, if a bus step stool has legs, the legs are the weakest point of the step stool because eventually the legs will either bend making the step stool unstable or the welds that hold the step stool together will crack, allowing the step stool to wobble.

Look at the bus step stool. Ask yourself “Will this bus step stool hold a very, very large person?” If the step stool is a wooden step stool made for a child, maybe not. Look for a load rating on the step stool. If it doesn’t have one how do you know how much weight the step stool will carry? You Don’t!! So be careful.

David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for 9 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find kitchen step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a stepstool for you, go to www.Shure-Step.com

 

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Safe Step Stools For Kids

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In order to make sure that the step stool for your kids is safe to use, first you must consider what your child will be using the step stool for. Since it is getting close to summer a lot of kids will be drinking out of a water fountain. Most water fountains in public places are installed for an adult to use, so they are too high for a child reach safely. You don’t want your child standing on a step stool that could tip over while they’re getting a drink from a water fountain, do you? Kids don’t think about safety when they want a drink of water; they just want to quench their thirst. So make sure that the step stool is very, very sturdy, because when kids get near a water fountain they horse around and play, a lot!

Safe Step Stool for Outside Water Fountains

Also consider if the step stool for kids to drink from a water fountain is going to be outside, if it is then get a kids step stool that will stand up to the weather and last. Metal step stools tend to rust and become unsafe after being in the rain & sun for more than a year. Wooden step stools simply fall apart after being in the weather for any length of time. Plastic is good as long as the children’s step stool is rated for enough weight to handle several kids at one time. Remember, kids horse around a lot and this isn’t the time to cheap out on the equipment. Kids don’t know if the step stool is safe or not, so you’ll have to pick a step stool for them.

Legs Are Unsafe for Step Stools

Remember, legs are unsafe for an outdoor step stool. If the ground gets soft, like after a rain, one or more of the legs will sink into the ground making your child’s step stool unstable and un-level.

David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for 9 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find bathroom step stools, kitchen step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a stepstool for you, go to www.Shure-Step.com

 

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Kids Library Step Stool

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Have you ever been in a library and seen a child standing on one of the round step stools trying to reach a top shelf and the step stool that they were standing on tips over? One of the reasons this happens is the shape of the library step. The other is because the library step stool has wheels.

Round is not the best shape for any step stool. It just isn’t stable. A square or rectangle step stool is much more stable than a round step. The other problem, wheels, is asking for an accident to happen. Wheels are great for dollies, carts and anything you want to move. The purpose of a library step stool is to help kids reach the higher shelves. It should be stable and allow the child to reach up and over. If the step stool has wheels and the child doesn’t weigh enough, the step stool will roll with the kid on it. Not good.

Libraries should have a step stool with a wide base and a large standing surface. Enough of a surface to allow for some lateral movement. Sometimes a library will have an event with a children’s display in a case that is elevated. The younger children will have to use a step stool to view the contents of the display. If your child goes to the library make sure they have a safe step stool for her to use.

Some libraries use a folding step stool. Why? They are usually the cheapest to purchase and they fold up for storage, taking up very little space. You can find these folding step stools in some hardware stores like Lowes or in department stores like Target. But be warned of these folding step stools!! The load capacity on these step stools is usually between 150-225 pounds. If you stand on the second step of the folding step stool and reach over, you may find yourself on the floor. These step stools are not very safe.

David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for 11 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find kitchen step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a stepstool for you, go to www.Shure-Step.com

 

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Safe Step Stools for Pediatric Dentistry

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When your youngster has to get a panoramic x-ray at their children’s dentist office, it can be difficult for the dentist to get the child’s mouth at the right height for the x-ray machine without a safe step stool for the child to stand on. Most of the panoramic x-ray machines are designed for adults (think tall). The task of elevating a young child to the correct height while having the kid remain calm & still during a panoramic x-ray of their mouth is no easy task. So what should a pediatric dentist look for in a children’s step stool?

In order for the children’s dentist to buy the best step stool for the job in their office, here’s what they need to look for:

1)Look for a large standing surface area so the child can feel comfortable for extended periods of time standing in one position. The large area allows the child to move their feet if they get fidgety.

2) Make sure the base of the children’s step stool is significantly larger than the top of the step stool. This one little detail adds a lot of stability to the child’s step stool.

3) Look for a load rating on any step stool you plan to use in a business. A 500 pound rating for any step stool seems to be what the military and large corporations require and so should you.

4) Legs are bad. If your step stool has legs, they will eventually either bend, break or the rubber pads on the end will wear out, not good because the step stool will wobble or slide.

David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for more than 11 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find kitchen step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his safe step stool or to contact him to find or design a stepstool for you, go to www.Shure-Step.com

 

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