Modular Ramps: Why Aluminum Ramps are Best

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If you’re considering adding a modular ramp to your home to make it more accessible, you have few important choices to make. One choice that many people face is whether to install a wooden ramp or an aluminum ramp. There are many reasons to choose an aluminum ramp over a wooden one.

Aluminum ramps are durable in all weather, can easily be reconfigured, are quick to install and typically no building permits are required, making your home modification much quicker. Aluminum ramps are also virtually maintenance-free, will not rust or rot, require minimal tools for assembly, can easily be moved or expanded, reused, resold or rented. Our 24 foot Pathway Modular Ramp Access System with handrails can be set up in less than 30 minutes and aluminum leaves no impact on the environment.

Wood ramps, on the other hand, can create a lot of problems. Wood ramps need regular maintenance, can decay and require a contractor or carpenter to be built along with a permit. Wood ramps can only be changed through demolition and reconstruction; they don’t add value to your home and can in fact bring down the value. They take about two days to install and the wood could contain dangerous chemicals or treatments.

EZ-ACCESS’s Pathway Modular Access System is made from aluminum and has other great features as well. This ramp can be configured to fit any entryway and can be moved and reconfigured for other parts of the house or a new house. The ramp also has a slip-resistant surface that keeps traction in any weather. You can also choose to add the features of a modular landing pad, modular gate and handrail loops.

EZ-ACCESS wants you to have the safest and most durable ramp solution for your home. We believe aluminum ramps are best and have the most benefits. The Pathway Modular Access System has been a success with customers and provides everything people with mobility issues need along with customization.

Which commercial ramp or stair system is right for you?

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If your business is considering using ramps for easier loading and unloading, or to make your building accessible, you have several options to choose from. EZ-ACCESS offers two different kinds of commercial ramps and a stair system to meet your business’s needs. EZ-ACCESS wants you to understand the features of each so you can choose which option will be most beneficial for you.

Traverse Loading Ramp

This ramp is light enough to carry, but 4 foot-10 foot ramps can hold up to 1,200 pounds and 12 foot and 14 foot ramps can hold up to 800 pounds. This ramp can help make loading and unloading from your delivery truck, trailer, storage unit or loading dock much easier. The Traverse ramp is slip-resistant and makes moving heavy objects much safer for your employees and can help them be more efficient. It is available is several sizes – 4 feet, 6 feet, 8 feet, 10 feet, 12 feet and 14 feet. There’s no assembly required for this ramp.

The Traverse is a great solution for construction and moving truck businesses.

Titan Commercial Ramp and Stair System

This ramp system will make your business ADA and IBC compliant and can fit any entryway or lot configuration. It’s easy to move and reconfigure for other parts of your building too. The Titan System has slip-resistant tread and is very low-maintenance. With the Titan, you get a three-year warranty too.

Fortress OSHA Stair System

Do you have a mobile building on your campus, a portable classroom, a cargo trailer or temporary job site with a raised entryway that needs stairs? Then the Fortress OSHA Stair System is perfect for you. This isn’t a handicap accessible system, but it provides stair access to raised buildings and comes in a variety of heights to fit any entryway – 3 Tread, height ranges from 23 inches to 34 inches, 4 Tread, height ranges from 27.5 inches to 42.5 inches. The legs have captured fasteners and infinite adjustability. The system has a permanent slip-resistant walking surface. Handrails can fold flat for easy transportation.

It’s important for your employees and customers to be able to easily access your business. The commercial options from EZ-ACCESS make for easy installation and reliable accessibility for any entryway.

Adaptive Sports Opportunities in Washington State

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Are you involved in adaptive sports? Have you ever considered becoming part of a team or program? There are a lot of opportunities to try adaptive sports in Washington State, especially near Seattle. Joining an adaptive sports team or program, or even attending a day camp, can help you meet new people with similar interests, stay active and fit, create and work toward goals, build confidence, and find a sense of belonging within your team or group. EZ-ACCESS knows the power of getting out of the house and staying active when you’re disabled, so consider some of these fun options for adaptive sports to try this summer!

Footloose Sailing Association

This organization helps disabled individuals learn to sail and hosts events in the Seattle area. Upcoming events include the Day Sail at Leschi on July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Blake Island Overnight Camping Trip from 8 a.m. on July 26 to 4:30 p.m. on July 27. Learn more about their sailing events here.

Outdoors for All Foundation

If you’re looking to spend some time in the great outdoors this month, this is the organization for you! This organization offers summer programs and day camps in Washington for a wide range of activities, like horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, rafting, yoga, and water skiing. Check out their July calendar of events here.

Seattle Adaptive Sports

This program has competitive teams for wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, power wheelchair soccer, and track and field. Individuals that join these teams have opportunities to travel with the team and receive college scholarships for their abilities. Joining a sports team is a great way to develop your skills and work toward a team goal. Check out their calendar of July events here. There are even days to drop in and try basketball to see if you enjoy it. Check out EZ-ACCESS’s wheelchair and scooter accessories to make travel to and from practice easier!

If you’ve never tried adaptive sports or programs, now is the perfect time to start. There are programs for all ages and skill levels, so you can still remain competitive and active and have fun with sports this summer!

How to Be Cool as a Cucumber When You Sleep!

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It’s the hottest month of the year, and sometimes it seems impossible to get a good night’s sleep. You toss and turn, flipping over your pillow for the comfort of the cool side, which last long. If you don’t have air conditioning, it’s even worse. There are ways to beat hot, sticky summer nights though! EZ-ACCESS knows the importance of good sleep for optimal health. Try these tips to keep yourself cool as a cucumber when you sleep!

Sleep with a homemade ice pack

Lie against a frozen water bottle or put your toes on it. For something softer to cuddle up with, fill a sock with rice and place it in the freezer for an hour. This pack will stay cold for about 30 minutes, long enough to help you get to sleep.

Point a box fan out the window

This will push hot air out. Also try adjusting your ceiling fan blades so they rotate counter-clockwise, which helps move hot air up and away from your bed.

Give yourself a mist

Set up a fan so it’s blowing toward you and put a pan of ice in front of it on the same level as you lying on your bed. As the ice melts, the fan will blow water droplets on you.

Use a Chillow

This cold pad uses water circulation to maintain its temperature and slides into your pillow case.

Get cold before bedtime

Cool down with an icy shower or dunk your feet in ice water before bed.

Cotton vs. Satin

Ditch the satin or silk sheets for cotton when it’s hot. They have more ventilation and they’re light and breathable.

Even when it’s hot and humid, you can use these tips to get a cool, restful night’s sleep. Don’t let the heat steal your sleep and energy for tomorrow. Beat the heat tonight!

Stay Cool in a Wheelchair: Beat the Heat

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June is a month that kicks off summer and the heat is in full force. You are trying to figure out ways to stay cool in your wheelchair and beat the heat. Not only does EZ-ACCESS specialize in ramps of all kinds, but we have come up with ways for you to stay cool in a wheelchair.

Sometimes it can be frustrating to be in a wheelchair when the sun is beating down, but you don’t want to miss out on the fun summer activities. Even on the hottest of days, you can enjoy the sun as long as you take proper measures to stay cool and beat the heat.

Staying hydrated is first and foremost the best thing you can do for yourself during the hottest of days. While in your wheelchair, it may get irritating to constantly have to reach in your bag for that bottle of water or have it sitting by you. Although irritating, it is important to always drink water because staying hydrated is important to your health. A great way to stop the irritation of having your water bottle sitting next to you all the time is to get the Underneath Carrier for your wheelchair from EZ-ACCESS.

A few ways to stay cool in a wheelchair are to cover the arm rests, sit on a towel or pillow for comfort, or carry a mist fan. By covering the arm rests, you will keep the sun from beating on the dark colored power chair. You can also cool off by having a cold towel on your neck for relief from the summer heat. Are you now wondering where you would store all of these items when they are not in use? Try the Wheelchair Pack to store anything from cooling solutions to your favorite book.

EZ-ACCESS takes a special interest in your safety and wellbeing. We see the importance of finding ways to stay cool in a wheelchair. Always staying hydrated is essential to keeping cool and having cooling solutions with you at all times in your wheelchair’s storage bag can make time spent outside in the summer heat more enjoyable.

We hope these ideas to stay cool in a wheelchair were helpful because we want you to be as comfortable as possible while making memories outside at the park, with the family, or in anywhere you go this summer.

 

Sun Safety: 4 Fabulous Tips for Summer

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June is National Cancer from the Sun Month and EZ-ACCESS wants to be sure you know best practices to avoid sun burns and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and it affects over two million people each year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Because of these startling statistics, it is essential that you wear sunscreen, especially during the summer when the sun gives off stronger rays. Since it is National Cancer from the Sun Month, EZ-ACCESS has compiled a list of tips for you to follow for sun safety at the beach, in the backyard, or anywhere you may encounter the sun.

  • Seek shade when possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun is most powerful and when sun burns are likely to occur.
  • Even one burn can increase your risk of skin cancer, so avoiding sun burns all together will lower your risk of getting melanoma or any other form of skin cancer.
  • Sunscreen is the top way to promote sun safety. Use sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Proof Factor) of 15 or higher each day. Wearing sunscreen everyday will ensure that you are protected from the sun’s rays. The higher the SPF the better, particularly for those who burn easily.
  • Wear wide brimmed hats for protecting your face. You can find a fun and fashionable hat to protect your face from burning while looking fabulous. Wearing a moisturizer everyday can help to protect your face during all seasons.

EZ-ACCESS is concerned about the welfare of every part of you and skin health is essential to your wellbeing because it is the first line of defense for your body.  Summertime is all about being outdoors, having barbeques, and exploring your surroundings. Always keep sun safety in mind. These steps can help better the health of your skin and help with the prevention of all forms of skin cancer.

Explore Washington State’s Accessible Attractions

 

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June is the perfect time to celebrate the beautiful summer by going to one of Washington state’s accessible attractions. EZ-ACCESS is proud to be located in the great state of Washington because there are many destinations that are wheelchair accessible.

Many initiatives have been put forth in Washington to make areas wheelchair accessible. Today, wheelchair users are able to access the grounds of all the state and national parks with ease, so they can fully enjoy all aspects of Washington’s natural landmarks.

Known as the evergreen state, Washington parks can be the main stop on your summer travel plans because of the accessibility they offer. If you want to see a surplus of scenic views, wildlife, and rolling waves of the ocean, check out the Olympic National Park.

Olympic National Park

From fields of wildflowers to vast mountain scenes, the Olympic National Park also contains some of the largest remnants of ancient forests left in the country. The only issue at this park would be that there are so many areas to explore, so this site seeing adventure may take two days. The Visitor Center is totally accessible, so you will have no problem getting information from the staff.

Pioneer Square

Known as one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, you can explore the renaissance architecture with ease. The district covers an 88 acre space in Seattle with endless opportunity for fun activities. The area has a variety of tours, including spooky ghost tours for the fearless! Depending on the tour you are interested in, call ahead to make sure it is wheelchair accessible.

Chinatown, International District

Are you looking for a taste of culture without leaving Washington state? Chinatown is the perfect destination. In this district, many Asian cultures work together as one, which makes this area an even more appealing destination for wheelchair users. The vast amount of restaurants will have your mouth watering for some international cuisine. A majority of the area is accessible, so plan your visit for some cultured fun.

Regardless of your interests, EZ-ACCESS knows the importance of finding fun and safe activities to do that are accessible in a wheelchair.

Best Cruises for Disabled Travelers

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Are you worried about finding a cruise line that will accommodate your needs? EZ-ACCESS is here to put your worries aside because there are plenty of cruise lines that are wheelchair accessible for disabled travelers.

Whether you want to go to Alaska or the sandy beaches of the Caribbean, many cruise lines offer rooms that can accommodate you with ease. There are several cruise ships that are well known for their special features and accommodations for those who live with a disability.

EZ-ACCESS has provided you with a list of cruise lines and specific ships that are the most accommodating for disabled travelers:

Royal Caribbean:

Many of Royal Caribbean’s ships are among the largest cruise vessels to ever be built. Bigger ships mean that the cruise line can provide more activity for wheelchair users some of the most spacious rooms and decks. The Freedom-class, Radiance-class, and the Vision-class ships offer lifts in the pool and spa areas so you can experience the freedom of enjoying the cruise ship’s on-board waters. They all have a number of accessible rooms for convenience.

Celebrity Cruises:

This cruise line focuses on accessible shore excursions for wheelchair passengers. Celebrity Cruises has put an effort into making their ships more disability friendly and compliant with the American with Disabilities Act, which outlines standard features that should be available to wheelchair users. The focus of this cruise line’s accessibility is on the spa services wheelchair users can receive and shore excursion experience for wheelchair users.

Disney Cruise Line:

These cruise ships are particularly targeted to families with disabled children because they make the experience accessible for them. The Disney Cruise’s mission is that children should be able to participate in youth programs regardless of their physical ability. The theaters onboard offer wheelchair accessibility and the Disney private island, Castaway Bay is able to be used by all visitors including wheelchair users.

Holland America:

Holland America has partnered with Special Needs at Sea to offer passengers the same experience all other visitors get. They provide certain wheelchairs for those in need and other special equipment. Additional in room equipment can be provided by the cruise line.

EZ-ACCESS has provided you with a variety of options if you are thinking about taking a cruise to any destination. Whether you are looking to relax or explore, these cruise lines offer a wide array of options for to meet the needs of disabled travelers.

Portable Threshold Transitions: Which Transition Model is Right for Me?

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You know you need Portable Threshold Transitions from EZ-ACCESS and the next step is deciding which specific model you should choose. EZ-ACCESS offers a wide array of portable wheelchair transitions for different purposes and we are writing today about which model is right for your needs.

Our Threshold Transition Ramps are durable and affordable for you. They provide access to places you may not have access to otherwise.

The first option is the EZ-ACCESS Transitions Modular Entry Mat, which is a durable, rubber mat that can be placed right outside a front door for access into any home. It is designed for doorways and raised landings and makes your entry into a home quick and easy. This product simply sits right against the door-sill.

A product similar to the Transitions Modular Entry Mat is the Transitions Angled Entry Mat. This mat is unique because it is slip-resistant making it safe for any weather. The Angled Entry Mat model is practical for sliding glass doors, so you can easily enjoy that back patio or deck.

This next option is more advanced and is made out of aluminum and has a slip-resistant surface. The Transitions Modular Entry Ramp is ideal for entry ways. The great part of this product is that it can be a stand-alone ramp or combined with another. An added bonus is that this portable threshold transition is light weight.

The last featured Transitions Angled Entry Ramp is unique because it has legs and is able to be a stand-alone product. The adjustable legs with swivel feet are for accommodating different heights. This high-strength aluminum will not rust giving you years of use.

EZ-ACCESS has a variety of portable wheelchair transitions to accommodate all of your wheelchair access needs. We pride ourselves on our positive customer reviews and warrenties.

 

Portable Wheelchair Ramp: Which Model is Right for Me?

portable wheelchair ramp

You know you need a portable wheelchair ramp for your vehicle from EZ-ACCESS and the next step is deciding which specific ramp you should choose for your needs. EZ-ACCESS offers a wide array of portable wheelchair ramps for different purposes and we are writing today about which model will best suit you.

Our portable wheelchair ramps are durable and affordable for you. They provide access to vehicles you may not have access to otherwise. These ramps also open opportunities for traveling as well.

The Suitcase Singlefold Ramp is ideal for travel and car rides because it folds conveniently and features an ergonomically designed handle for carrying. The ramp features a live hinge for safe, quiet, and maintenance free operation. This is a great option for quick in and out access to your vehicle.

There is another Suitcase Singlefold AS Ramp we offer to our customers for added ease. This model can be used as one unit or separated depending on your needs. It over comes stairs and vehicles with ease and safety. This is your best option if you are looking for something that can be separated.

The last option we have as a portable wheelchair ramp is the Suitcase Trifold AS Ramp. This innovative design has a unique three fold system for portability and can be carried as one unit or separately. The bottom transition plate on this portable wheelchair ramp is self-adjusting so it can easily be transitioned to the ground.

EZ-ACCESS portable wheelchair ramps are the ideal option for you no matter what your specific needs are because we have many product options. All of our ramps are made in the USA and are up to safety standards. The ease of our portable ramps are unmatched in the industry and the products always have you in mind.