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.
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.
What makes a step stool safe or not safe? Why are some step stools more dangerous than others? Let’s take a look at the construction of a step stool first.
What is the step made of; plastic, metal, wood…a combination of plastic and metal? Then look at the design of the step stool; does the step have legs, does the step have a load rating, does it fold, does it have rubber pads to keep it from sliding? All of this plays a part of telling if the step stool is safe or not.
Let’s start with the material the step stool is constructed from. There are plastic step stools made very cheaply and are intended for use by little children. You can usually tell by how thick the plastic is on the step. Thin plastic (1/16 – 1/8 inch) step stools are not designed to hold very much weight, so they should only be used by young kids trying to reach a water fountain or wash their hands/brush their teeth. However, if you find a plastic step stool that has thick plastic, maybe a double wall construction, you may find that it is more of a heavy duty step stool, especially if the step has a load rating of 500 pounds. Just because a step stool is made from plastic doesn’t make it a cheap step. Survey the step, see if it slides on the floor, and look at its construction design.
Metal step stools tend to be from 2 different schools of design, either heavy duty (heavy weight), or folding (so they store easily). There can be spring loaded rollers on the bottom of the step stool or the manufacturer may make the step platforms from plastic to keep the step from being too heavy.
Wooden steps are commercially made for kids and can be painted or designed with children’s cartoon characters on them. The wooden step stools tend to be very sturdy, but usually lack non-slip pads on the bottom to keep them from sliding. Wooden steps are easy to make in your wood shop or by maintenance personnel at retirement homes, however, these wooden steps do not weather well. So over time the homemade wooden step stool will deteriorate and become unsafe for adults or even kids to use.
David C. DuPont had invented the safest Shurestep step stool not for his own gratification but specifically to help people prevent unwanted accident like he had before while using unsafe crate to stand on. That incident pushed David to create a more stable, sturdy and safest step stool anyone could use. Together with this excellent invention, David offers a unique and great guarantee that no one could just ignore. Try to visit his site for more info about the world’s known safest step stool.
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I did a search to find the step. I think I started out with just step stool, and also RV step and industrial step. The problem I am trying to solve with the step is lifting my saddle on my horse. I have had surgery on both my shoulders so it is hard for me to lift very high. I was looking for something safe to have next to my horse so if she moved around she couldn’t tip it over and get tangled up in any legs on the stool. I also needed it to be wide enough to stand on with both feet and not too heavy to move around. I hope it works for me, It should be here on Friday. I really had to think hard about spending that much on a step so I hope it is worth it and lasts forever.
Notes from the editor:
Ann mentions that the Shure-Step has no legs so her horse won’t get tangled in it. Equestrian Centers everywhere should look at the benefits of using steps without legs for this very reason.
Her last concern is that she hopes it will last forever. That’s a long time, but this step stool is designed with a double wall construction and is rated for 500 pounds. It can take a beating and it will be around for a long, long time. There are Shure-Steps still in auto repair shops that have been in service since 1996, the first year they were made.
David C. DuPont
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Do you have a friend, relative or a family member who is a little deprived of height? These people are may be called little, but they have special needs in our big world. Being able to work effectively at home or office can be sometimes a big problem for our little friends because they usually need assistance up to a counter or reach high shelves and cabinets. Or if they would be driving a truck or a SUV, they definitely need a step stool to stand on in order to get into the vehicle.
There are lots of step stools around with all safety promises and even less expensive. There are folding that performs what it’s name implies. It simply folds and can be stored easily in one corner. There are some that are light-weight and cheaper. There are even wooden steps tools that promises to be sturdy. But how would you know which among these are safe for little people to use?
First, you must try to check the quality and safety features of the step stool that it brings. Take a look at the folding one. It can be easily stored neatly. It has also 2 or more steps for you to reach higher areas as well. But bear in mind also that this kind of step stool may accommodate a large area of the floor when it’s opened. It is not a good choice if you have a limited space to work on. Then another thing is, it will not give you stability when you try to move around on top to reach over and turn around a lot shifting weights from side to side all the time. This is certainly not safe to anyone.
There are also this Coke crate or milk crate that they used as step stool. This kind work better when is tight. This can be useful to those working as cashiers standing at a cash register or at home counter top doing cooking chores. It can make a friendlier kitchen for little people. But, the disadvantage of this platform type is the required height to be useful. If not, it would be more wiser to choose a folding step stool with 2 or more steps.
You can ask David C. DuPont who has been finding solutions to step stool problems for over 13years. 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.shurestep.com .