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Common Sense Safety Tips When Using Folding Chairs

11 April 2014

It`s a good idea to exercise common sense when using any kind of folding furniture. What you have to remember is that there`s a big difference between say a four legged or skid-base stacking chair such as the ADV stacking chair or the Jasper stacking chair and a super-compact foldable chair such as a Classic or Classic Plus – a difference that should be communicated to anyone likely to be using them.

For example, foldable chairs are designed for sitting on – not for using as boosts to stand on to reach the top of a cupboard or change a light bulb! Standing on a chair that wasn`t built for such uses affects its centre of gravity and puts undue strain on areas that may not be strong enough to hold out. And in the same vein, it`s never a good idea to tilt a foldable chair backwards on two legs as is a common habit when sitting in a standard chair. Again, this can put too much pressure on the rivets that hold the chair together and allow it to fold and cause irreparable damage to its structure.

Lastly, be sure to keep a close eye on all items of foldable furniture in your possession for any signs of damage or weakness. Most folding chairs are designed in a way whereby the structure as a whole distributes the user`s weight throughout the whole chair, which in turn means that if one area is compromised, the whole chair may be unsafe to use. So be sure to take note of any cracks, splits, bends, breaks or other signs of damage.