‘Tis the season of indulging in delicious food, drinking mulled wine, and attending festive get-togethers.
We seem to start earlier and earlier every year with the Xmas decs – adorning our properties with twinkling fairy lights, tinsel, and baubles. However, as a business owner, you mustn’t forget to make areas accessible for customers and visitors, especially those who require wheelchair access.
Here, Level Access Lifts offer festive advice for business owners to help wheelchair users at Christmas and well into the new year.
3 tips to keep your business accessible this Christmas
1. Make sure pavements are gritted
There are few things more magical than a white Christmas – but the wheels on both manual and powered wheelchairs tend to get stuck in the snow, which makes it incredibly difficult for users to get to where they want to go.
With that said, it’s a sensible idea to have someone on hand to clear any snowfall from the entrance and grit icy footpaths leading to your business.
2. Think carefully about where you put Christmas decorations
With the addition of Christmas trees, ornaments, and stacks of presents, the festive season can present numerous obstacles for disabled people – particularly those who rely on wheelchairs, walking frames, or any other form of walking aid.
It’s worth planning exactly where you want everything to go and making sure there is sufficient space for customers and staff to enter and manoeuvre around your store safely.
Never block entrances or signage with bulky decorations – both inside and out – and avoid making aisles even narrower by placing too many items on the ground.
3. Install a wheelchair lift
If you haven’t got one installed at your business already, a wheelchair lift is certainly something you should add to your Christmas list this year!
Wheelchair lifts can be used indoors and outdoors. They travel between two and six stops and allow passengers to travel safely whilst in their wheelchairs. Most models are easy to operate, which provides users with a sense of autonomy.
Not only will a wheelchair lift show that your business cares and accommodates those with reduced mobility and special needs, but it will make your products and services more accessible to everyone – allowing you to generate more sales and profit.
Ready to invest in a wheelchair lift?
Level Access Lifts is a leading provider and installer of wheelchair lifts.
We have an extensive range to choose from, including models that operate alongside a set of straight or curved stairs, open-style platform lifts that will blend perfectly with the surrounding environment, and hidden lifts that are ideal for short distances.
Each of our lifts is designed with the needs of disabled, elderly, or injured passengers in mind. We pride ourselves on offering the most competitive prices, and never skimp on quality or safety when it comes to the installation.
So, if you’re thinking about installing a wheelchair lift at your business premises in time for the festive season and beyond, be sure to contact our friendly team on 023 8081 4924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be in touch shortly.