Tip of the Day #16 – Never Do This When Using A White Cane

Never Do This When Using A White Cane

In today’s tip of the day, I will be sharing with you something you should never do while using a folding white cane. This is a very easy tip but I have found many people instinctively do this which can be a serious safety hazard. And my tip is you should never use the looped elastic cord at the top of the cane as a wrist strap.  The elastic cord is not designed to be worn around the wrist as a way of preventing the cane from dropping to the floor. Rather, it is designed to hold together the cane when folded or to hang up the cane on a hook.

Red Stop Sign
Red Stop Sign

The reason this tip is so important is the last thing you want is to be attached to your cane if something happens to it. Let me give you a real-life example that happened. A gentleman was using his white cane and was in the process of getting on a public bus. Unfortunately, the driver didn’t see him and accidentally closed the door on the man’s cane and began to pull away. The man had his wrist in the elastic loop and started to get pulled by the bus. Fortunately, he was able to free his wrist in time before he got seriously hurt. This is just one example of many of why using the elastic cord loop as a wrist strap is a very bad idea.

I hope this tip of the day was helpful, please share this tip with other white cane users to help spread the awareness of how dangerous using the elastic cord as a wrist strap can be.

For another tip on something you should never do click here

I would love to hear from you if you have any other tips that you think would be good to share with the world. Please feel free to comment or email me at blindonthemove@gmail.com

Published by Mike Mulligan

Is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist who provides product resources, reviews, and tutorials.

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