Buying bed safety rails is usually not for your own use, but rather for your child or for another adult. Buying something for someone else is always a challenge; you aren’t too sure what the other person needs and you have the added fear of purchasing something bad for them. A bad purchase for something of your own is probably a waste of time and money; but a bad purchase for someone else, especially with safety products, could mean unwanted accidents and major injuries. Furthermore, it’s impossible to bring the bed with you for trying out the bed safety rails available. To help you make better choices, here are some tips for buying your bed safety rails.
As far as possible, one should go for bed safety rails which are certified by relevant organisations and standards. Most of us will never be experienced enough to become an expert on which rails work best. At best, we will have some experience with them, but what do we really know of what goes into the thought process and design of the equipment?
Rather than putting all our trust in the equipment manufacturers, we can look towards large organisations with the real experts and a wealth of accumulated experience from both themselves as well as the pool of consumers. These organisations know about bed safety rails much better than us, and we can certainly put our hearts at ease when they are the ones certifying that the rails works, safety.
A prominent certification for children bed safety rails come from the JPMA. But the JPMA is only for relevant for North American products. Elsewhere in the world, JPMA certification may not be offered. However, most quality children bed safety rails do come from American brands. Alternatively, other places in the world will have their own authority or certification bodies on product safety and these should be adhered to. Never go for cheap generic brands when it’s safety you’re looking for. They look like the real thing, but they rarely function like the original product.
You may have read countless other articles on bed safety rails, but chances are, you still don’t really know what you want or need to get. You may have ideas on what could be good for your situation, but you can’t really tell until you have actually tried it. Therefore you should have some leeway in your purchase, giving enough flexibility for you to adjust the bed safety rails to fit your needs at home.
Flexibility in bed safety rails is about adjustable height, fold ability and additional accessories such as removable bars for additional support.
For most, installing the bed safety rail is but a one-time affair, but for some, it’s not so simple. Bed safety rails can be repeatedly removed and re-installed for patients with special requirements. Furthermore, it can be a lot of effort even if bed safety rails were installed only once. Bed safety rail are unlikely to have been designed be fit onto your bed frame unless the rail came as a set with the bed. Installing bed rails onto non-fitting frames can turn up more problems that you can foresee. Usually, the bed safety rails will come with instructions on how to get it to fit, but instructional guides are fairly notorious in not doing a good job at illustrating working steps. Unless you have a knack for DIYs, you will probably meet with some difficulty during installation.
Bed assist rails are chosen based on their weight and portability, but the truth is it could become a very important factor if you ever need to move it around. Children are likely stay over at their grandparents’ place at one time or another and you may need to bring over bed rails with them. Adult bedrails are normally less portable, but it does not mean that you will never have to move them at all. Moving a heavy bedrail even once can be a real challenge. You don’t even want to think about moving it back, yet.
Depending on why you need a bed safety rail, you will have different requirements for the bed safety rails. Before you buy your bed rails, take care to think through how you will use it and choose what’s best for yourself.