When preparing for on off-site activity, it is important that a vehicle inspection be completed before each trip to insure that it is in good, working condition. You should follow state guidelines as well as company procedures when inspecting a vehicle. Depending on the regulations, you may need to document your inspections, or complete a mandatory checklist before passengers are allowed to board. Here is a list of things that need to be included in your inspection of the vehicle:
- First Aid kit – make sure all of the necessary items are stocked like band-aids, tweezers, bandages, latex gloves, sanitizer, etc. Each First Aid Kit will include different items, so make sure that the essentials are there and check with a supervisor if you are unsure.
- Tire pressure – tire size and the amount of air needed to keep it filled will vary depending on vehicle type. Make sure that each tire is adequately filled and that there are no signs of leakage. Make sure that there is a sage amount of tread on the tires as well; to little tread can be dangerous hazard.
- Fire extinguisher – Some vehicles like buses and passenger vans require a fire extinguisher. Make sure that the device has been inspected and updated by your local fire department. Make sure that there are no signs of damage or punctures in the extinguisher and that it looks like it is in good working condition.
- Road flares/safety triangles – make sure that the road flares and/or safety triangles are in good, working condition, are not broken, or with flares, that they have not expired or been tampered with.
- Seats and Seat Belts – when inspecting the vehicle it is very important that the seats and seat belts work correctly and are not broken. Check the seats for any damage, missing parts, or structural flaws that may affect the comfort and safety of the resident. Make sure the seatbelts are not broken and that each one is able to be fastened without any issue.
- Communication Device – make sure there you bring a cell phone or two-way radio so that you can communicate with your Community while on your trip. In case of emergency, you may need to contact your supervisor or 911 in a quick fashion.
- Lifting Device – we will go over this device later.