How to Maintain Your Modular Ramp this Winter

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Investing in modular ramps are a crucial component to aiding individuals affected by disabilities as well as providing important on-site industrial access. However, harsh weather can wear down vital pieces. This winter, don’t let snow and ice damage your system. With these key steps from EZ-ACCESS, you will be able to ensure longevity and protect your mobility investment.

Step 1: Prevention is Key

Prior to expectant snowfall, anti-icing chemicals can provide additional safety. Often used on roads, these solutions are applied to concrete and metal surfaces before snow or ice accumulation to prevent potential buildup.

Step 2: Keep it Clear

Snow buildup can cause your modular ramps to become slick and dangerous. Ensure the surfaces are clear and free of snow and ice by shoveling or sweeping the snow. Next, apply magnesium chloride, or rock salt, to the ramps and platforms.  This will help melt the snow and prevent slippage. To stay on top of the weather, always sweep your ramps even after a light dusting of snow. Doing so will help prevent dangerous buildup.

Step 3: Take Advantage of Powder Coating

In order to further defend your access equipment from snow and ice damage, EZ-ACCESS offers powder coating options. This spray powder produces a much thicker coating then conventional liquid and ensures that your valuable investment has additional protection. Available in black, brown or tan, the coating is easy to blend in with your home or business’ architectural style and still provide you with the elemental protection you need.

Winter provides ample opportunity for snow and ice damage to your modular ramp system. Utilizing these steps can help combat the weather and ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. For more information on how EZ-ACCESS can help provide mobility assistance for the upcoming months, contact our team today.

 

TITAN Modular Access System: Your Industrial Mobility Solution

 

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At  EZ-ACCESS, we understand that accessing your business location safely is a top priority. Our TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System provides the most versatile accessibility solution for modular structures, portable classrooms or site-built structures. Find out why people are raving about the TITAN system and how you can help your business continue to grow.

Customize with Ramps, Platforms and Steps:

When you utilize the TITAN Modular Access System you are able to further customize it using TITAN Code Complaint Ramps available in lengths ranging from 2’ to 6’. The ramp widths are offered in both 48” and 54” with fully independent and adjustable legs. Combine it with the TITAN Code Complaint Steps, provided in heights from 18” to 60” and featuring a 48” width. Add in the TITAN Code Compliant Modular Platform for additional accessibility.

Stand Out with Powder Coating:

With the powder coating option from EZ-ACCESS, your world doesn’t have to be just shades of grey. In additional to aluminum, you now have the options of black, architectural bronze and tan colors to complement the aesthetics of your site. However, the powder coating does more than allow you to blend into your surroundings by providing additional protection from corrosion.
The TITAN Modular Access System can give you peace of mind by creating a safe and accessible solution for your business. To learn more about the benefits, contact our team today.

3 Ways to Improve Your Work Place Safety

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Ensuring that your workplace is accommodating to those with mobility restrictions is essential in creating a welcoming and secure atmosphere. By following these guidelines from EZ-ACCESS, you can limit potential accidents and ensure the safety of your team.

  • If you work in an office and have clients or employees who use wheelchairs, ensure that they can move through the building easily. Not only should all offices come with accessible bathrooms and specialized parking spots but doorways and entryways must also be properly sized to the ADA suggested 36-inch width to allow maximum mobility access.
  • To ensure safety for all of your employees, light switches must be readily accessible. Switches can be mounted from 15 to 48 inches, however, the ADA recommends an ideal height of 40 inches for maximum efficiency. Not only does this help individuals using powered wheelchairs but it also provides additional convenience for employees carrying heavy equipment. When installing light switches, avoid using toggle switches that require substantial finger force. Instead, utilize plate rocker switches that only need a minimal amount of force to successfully operate.
  • For offices that have multiple floors, ensure that your building has a working elevator that fits within the ADA guidelines. These require visible and verbal signals to indicate which car is available as well as the direction and when it has reached the designated floor. The door must also remain fully opened for at least three seconds and the communication device in the elevator must not be more than 48 inches from the floor.

By following these guidelines, you can create a safe and productive working environment for your employees. To further enhance mobility access on-site, EZ-ACCESS has a full line of modular ramps to provide additional benefits for your team.

4 Portable Ramps to Make Accessing Holiday Gatherings Easier

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With the winter months fast approaching, so are the coming annual celebrations with your friends and family. If you have a loved one with mobility restrictions, consider trying one of these four portable wheelchair ramp options this holiday season.

  • In the Suitcase® Singlefold AS Ramp , you will find one of the most user-friendly portable Suitcase ramps on the market. By removing the hinge pins, it can easily separate into two lightweight sections with usable handles. This portable option is also compatible with the Top Lip Extension for additional convenience and comfort.
  • For a light, durable ramp use the Suitcase® Singlefold GF (Graphite Fiber). Made of glass reinforced graphite fiber, this ramp is fitted with a non-protruding hinge so that it can be easily transported. Available in five sizes, and featuring a non-slip surface, this ramp makes the perfect tool to assist guests at your upcoming holiday party.
  • If you need immediate access, the Suitcase® Singlefold Ramp has got you covered. Created from lightweight aluminum, it features an easy-to-carry design. The ramp features a slip-resistant tread perfect for combating winter weather.
  • The largest portable ramp from EZ-ACCESS, the Suitcase® Trifold®  AS Ramp features a unique 3-fold design. With an added slip-resistant surface and self-adjusting bottom plates, this ramp is perfect during large scale family gatherings. It can also serve to help haul heavy holiday decorations too!

At EZ-ACCESS, we know that the holidays deserve to be shared with everyone. To learn more about portable wheelchair ramps for your home, contact our team today.

Top Products to Aid in Your Caregiving Routine

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At EZ-ACCESS, we recognize caregivers across the world for their commitment and dedication. This November, celebrate National Caregivers Month with these tips to help you and your loved one in your day-to-day routine.

Safety proof their surroundings. Areas such as the bathroom offer potential risk of injury. For patients with limited mobility, EZ-ACCESS has a wide range of helpful tools such as the TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift . Equipped with an easy to use Companion Control, it allows both the individual and caregiver to operate the seat with a push of a button. Combining the functionality of a heavy duty commode with a lift chair, it is an easy-to-use bathroom safety solution.

Find the ramp you need. At EZ-ACCESS, we know that ramps are one of the key ways to provide secure accessibility for your loved one.  However, it can be difficult to determine which ramp fits your needs. To aid in the this process, EZ-ACCESS offers our ramp selector tool. This resource allows you to pinpoint your requirements, from vehicle to home use, and get the ramp that’s right. Using this resource as well as our incline calculator limits the potential frustration and takes out the guesswork.

Look to lifts. If a ramp increases congestion in the entrance of your home, you may want to turn to vertical platform lifts. The HAULWAY® Heavy Duty Scooter and Power Chair Lift provides sturdy security and functionality for large scooters and power chairs. With a 325-pound weight capacity, it is the safe and secure way to improve accessibility. By incorporating a universal tray design, your loved one will have a wide range of mobility devices available so that you can breathe easier.

At EZ-ACCESS, we know that caregiving is an important commitment. For additional support, our line of aids to daily living can help benefit you and your loved one.

How to Plan a Path for Your Wheelchair Ramp

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At EZ-ACCESS, we are here to help you choose the best wheelchair ramp pathway for your home. Our innovative products can fit almost any yard or home, and our expert installation will ensure your wheelchair ramp will last for years to come. Today, we’re going to share a few of the things to keep in mind while selecting the best pathway for your home:

Property Lines

Before our experts arrive, check your home’s property lines to ensure that your wheelchair ramp doesn’t overlap your neighbors’ yard, lawn, sidewalk or drive. If you must overlap the sidewalk in front of your house, call the city first to make sure you won’t get a fine for doing so.

Access Point

When our dedicated team comes to your home for installation, the first thing we do is help to determine the best access point. Which door do you want to go in and out of every day? What entry has the most width? The last thing you want is to feel cramped going in and out of your own home, so be sure to choose an area that has plenty of space for you to move around.

The Elements

You don’t want your wheelchair to slip on wet leaves or other debris, so aim to avoid placing your wheelchair ramp under any trees. If possible, position the ramp underneath an awning or porch so it won’t become slick when it rains or snows. Sunlight exposure is also good, as it can quickly dry your wheelchair ramp after a storm, as well as more easily melt the snow.

We’re all about helping our customers increase their mobility. If you or a loved one have difficulty getting around, don’t wait until there’s an accident. Find a nearby EZ-ACCESS dealer today to come out and help you make your home safe and accessible!

It’s a Match with the EZ-ACCESS Lift Matcher

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With so many vehicle lift options out there, finding the lift that works with both your vehicle and your mobility device can be difficult.  EZ-ACCESS is always looking for ways to simplify your accessibility selection process, and the Lift Matcher has done just that for all our new HAULWAY customers.  It’s actually as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.  Follow these steps at www.haulwayliftmatcher.com:

  1. Select your vehicle

Going back as far as 1992, select the year, make and model of your vehicle.

  1. Select your mobility device

Once your exact vehicle is selected, move to finding your mobility device.  There are over 48 mobility device manufacturers to choose from.  Select the manufacturer and then your exact mobility device.

  1. Select your EZ-ACCESS lift

After selecting your mobility device, you’ll notice all HAULWAY lifts display with a green compatible checkmark or a red not compatible x to indicate which products will work for your vehicle and mobility device.

The Lift Matcher not only displays which HAULWAY lift is most compatible with your equipment, it will also provide suggested accessories to make your device transport experience even better.   We’re talking about hitch adapters, swingaway attachments and more.

Finally, when you’re all through determining the right HAULWAY lift for you in three easy steps, you’ll be sent to that HAULWAY’s page to learn about it and find a dealer near you.  The Lift Matcher is a perfect example of what we want for you.  We want you to be easily matched up with accessibilities products that are going to meet your needs perfectly.  If you’re experiencing any difficulty with your accessibility, give us a call and let us help you find the right solution today!

What Makes the HAULWAY® Scooter and Power Chair Lift BEST IN SHOW

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The EZ-ACCESS line of HAULWAY® Scooter and Power Chair Lifts expands independence with its ease of use while saving space and increasing personal mobility. We are committed to diminishing accessibility barriers through quality products, and the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift is no exception.

  1. Expanded Mobility

The HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift gives you a sturdy hold while traversing steep inclines as it tilts your wheelchair or scooter. Your daily routine is made easier with the convenience of the Power Lift Chair and gives you the ability to get up and go whenever necessary.

  1. Space Saver

Easily mounted on the rear of your vehicle, the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift opens up the inside of your vehicle for more room.

  1. Simplicity

The HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift is specifically designed for ease of use and expedient maneuvering. It is light and compact, while at the same time providing a secure hold and tilt as it operates. If mounted on the back side of your vehicle, the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift simply loads and raises when you’re ready to embark outdoors.

Find a dealer today and make transporting your scooter or wheelchair a breeze with the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift! Also available in Standard or HD, the HAULWAY® Scooter and Power Chair Lift can fit any and all of your mobility needs.

Visit the HAULWAY Lift Matcher to find out which HAULWAY® suits you the best.

Stay Safe with These 3 Platform Lift Enhancements

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At EZ-ACCESS, we are driven by our commitment to provide access solutions that break through barriers of daily life. The Passport Vertical Lift is a great solution for any difficult pathway, porch or platform, providing easy navigation to and from your home. With the addition of Passport Vertical Platform Lift accessories, you can get the most out of your equipment while staying safe and mobile.

 

  1. Passport Top Landing Gate

In order to prevent improper operation as well as keep your rider safe and protected, use the Passport Top Landing Gate. The gate provides an extra precaution, especially during the upcoming winter months. With the combination of a Pathway Connector Kit, the Top Landing Gate can also quickly be connected to a PATHWAY Modular Access System platform.

  1. Passport Platform Safety Rail

Simple installation of the Passport Platform Safety Rail enhances the stability of the rider and the lift’s operator. As snow, sleet, and ice begin to fall, the Platform Safety Rail gives you increased security when loading and unloading the lift.

  1. Passport Platform Weather Guard

Weather debris can cover and clog your platform lift. Keep your equipment clear with the Passport Platform Weather Guard. Using the Weather Guard, the Safety Pan on your Passport Vertical Platform Lift will stay clean and protected with a quick click into place.

 

EZ-ACCESS’s wide variety of product options will help you customize the Passport Vertical Platform Lift to get the most out of your equipment. For even more options, visit ezaccess.com/accessories and enhance your lift and increase your mobility today!

4 Ways Someone with a Disability Can Benefit from Having a Pet

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National Dog Week has been observed the last full week of September for the past 87 years, celebrating what dogs mean to people and our society. Dogs, as well as many other pets, can provide a more fulfilling life to many. Not only are they wonderful companions, but they can help meet the needs of individuals living with a disability. We’ve compiled a list of four ways a carefully chosen pet can provide extra benefits:

Natural Companion
There is power in the relationship between a pet and their owner. Pet owners tend to be less lonely and receive much needed affection from their pet. This bond can lend itself to more social interaction and less isolation as well. Animals in public tend to be a social magnet, creating a means for daily interaction with other people, which otherwise could be uncomfortable.

Motivation and Learning
Owners push themselves to strive harder for their pet. Pets provide a means for exercise, whether it be grooming, training or simply playing fetch and other games. In addition, pets increase mind stimulation; they promote curiosity and exploration.

Emotional Support
Often a person with a disability hides difficult emotions and pain they are dealing with inside them, but a pet gives an unconditional love that provides stability. A successful relationship with a pet boosts confidence and fosters a positive mood. A pet could be the difference between a good and bad day.

Service
Pets can act as guardians to their companions. They reassure their owner’s comfort with being alone. Pets can be trained to assist if fallen or alert help if necessary. A pet can increase self-sufficiency and promote freedom. It’s like having a personal assistant 24 hours a day!

Dealing with the day-to-day challenges of a disability can be made more bearable with the assistance of a pet. Pets can lessen the feelings of isolation, lack of motivation, and dependency. Join the team here at EZ-ACCESS in celebrating National Dog Week and show your thanks for all the canine companions you know!