6 Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe Around Lawn Mowers

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Did you know that roughly 600 children in the United States lose a limb EACH YEAR due to lawnmower accidents. Since we are in the middle of summer and having to mow our lawns every few days, the EZ-ACCESS team wants to make sure you’re practicing excellent lawnmower safety.  Learn how to keep your children safe during this routine chore with these simple tips:

  • Don’t leave the mower running unattended. Shut off the engine if you must walk away, and take the keys with you.
  • Keep children away from any active mower. Lawn equipment can throw up rocks and other debris that may result in broken bones, damaged eyes or even limb loss.
  • The organization Limbs Matter suggests that you keep children inside at all times when you’re mowing the lawn. This is the most effective preventative measure and ensures no unknown movements are encountered with your lawn equipment.
  • From an early age, teach your children to stay away from all running mowers. A mower should be treated like a hot oven—don’t touch it.
  • Don’t let your children ride with you on a riding lawnmower. As fun as it sounds, many times emergency room workers see children come in with injuries to their feet, caused by falling off of the mower they were riding on.
  • Wait until your child is at least 12 years old before letting them mow the lawn. They may not have the strength to maneuver and maintain control until this age.

Practicing lawn mower safety is extremely important.  Please help spread the word by sharing these tips with your loved ones and always lead by example.  If you need to transport your lawnmower, consider using the TRAVERSE Walk Ramp to safely and easily load and unload your heavy lawn equipment!

What NOT to DO When Using a Loading Ramp

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While loading ramps may seem like an easy thing to set up and use, they can be misused. A number of mishaps, such as falls and more serious injuries, can happen when setting up a loading ramp. Luckily, most accidents can be easily avoided by following these simple loading tips, courtesy of EZ-ACCESS.

  • Take it slow and steady.

If you are loading a motor vehicle up the ramp and it refuses to budge no matter how much you push and pull, speeding up is the key. Be careful though, full throttle will not only destroy the vehicle you are handling but also everything in its path.

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.

There is no shame in asking for help when loading heavy and bulky things. Have another person either helping you load things into the truck or just standing behind you in case you start slipping and going down due to the weight of the object you are handling.

  • Go long.

Steep incline is your biggest enemy when it comes to loading. No matter how much of an expert you are when it comes to loading, if the weather conditions are not in your favor and the loading ramp is wet, there is more chance of slippage during ascent.

  • Load like a pro.

A makeshift ramp made out of some wood planks from the backyard will definitely seem like a hassle-free and cheap solution at first, but there are several fallbacks. They are unstable, extremely slippery and usually cannot sustain a lot of weight. Avoid a trip to the emergency room by getting a metal ramp that can be easily secured.

If you wonder where to find such a ramp, visit EZ-ACCESS or give us a call and we’ll work out a solution that is best for your specific needs.

Top SAFETY TIPS When Using a Loading Ramp

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Moving heavy objects is made easier AND safer by using the appropriate loading ramp, but there are still ways of getting injured if basic safety measures are not taken into consideration. There is nothing we value more than accessibility and safety at EZ-ACCESS, so this month we are sharing some tips on how to stay safe while loading and unloading.

  1. Securing the ramp to the truck can make a big difference when it comes to safety. Secure the loading ramp with a chain, hook or safety straps to make sure it stays in place while you go up and down. On the TRAVERSE Walk Ramp, the safety attachment point is underneath the upper portion of the ramp. Use a strap, chair or rope to attach the ramp to your vehicle or other structure when in use.
  2. The incline should be low and the clearance long. If not a lot of room for the loading ramp is available, try parking your truck in a low spot. By keeping the angle of the ramp as low as possible you are not only easing your access into the truck but also assuring that less throttle will be needed if loading mechanical vehicles.
  3. Stay on the ramp. If the item you are loading is bigger than the loading ramp you are using, consider getting a bigger ramp. It will make loading bulkier items not only much easier but also much safer.
  4. Work with a clean ramp. Take the time to check if your ramp is slippery in places or to clean it if something has spilled. Spending a few minutes cleaning up after yourself can save you from a world of pain caused by heavy equipment falling on you later.
  5. Finally, use common sense. If something seems like a bad and potentially dangerous idea, like going backwards while loading things, it probably is. This counts double when it comes to loading mechanical vehicles. They can easily slip and cause serious injury and damage.

EZ-ACCESS is here for all your loading needs. Contact us for more information on which is the perfect ramp for your needs or take a look at one of our ramp installation videos.

What Type of Loading Ramp Works for Each Application

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There are literally hundreds of loading ramp solutions on the market.  This is why most questions we receive at EZ-ACCESS relate to which ramp works best for each situation.  To make your loading ramp decision easier, the EZ-ACCESS team has identified two questions you should ask yourself when you have a specific loading need.

  1. Why do you need the loading ramp?

Start by determining what your needs are. What will the ramp be used for the most and how often will it be used? Do you need a residential, recreational or industrial ramp? Also, where will it be stored? If you are lacking storage space, consider getting one of our Traverse Singlefold Ramps. They are easy to fold and store after use. Determining these things will help you narrow down your choice from our very large pool of available ramps to just several. You can also use the Ramp Selector Tool on our website to help you make the best choice.

  1. How long does the ramp need to be?

Then establish how long your ramp needs to be. You can use our Incline Calculator to calculate exactly how much room you will need to safely load your things without danger or having too much of an incline.

Choosing the wrong ramp for your needs can be a costly and depending on what you are transporting, a potentially dangerous mistake. Make the right choice and call EZ-ACCESS for all your ramp needs today.

The Importance of Fruits & Vegetables

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You may have hated them as a child, but fruits and veggies are making a comeback this month! For National Fruit and Vegetable Month, EZ-ACCESS is showcasing some key reasons why these delicious foods should be an essential part of your diet.

  • Fight Weight Gain

Staying active as a wheelchair user is often a common concern. Along with your current physical activities, eating a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables each day can help you to fight potential weight gain. Try recipes like caramelized carrots, ratatouille, and creamed spinach to get your taste buds started.

  • Helps You Hydrate

Hydration is extremely important for wheelchair users, but getting your 8 cups of water a day can sometimes seem like a chore. Adding sliced fruit to your daily water intake can make it more fun and flavorful. Just a few lemon wedges and some strawberries can make the world of a difference. Mix up your water breaks with new & creative combinations.

  • Protect Your Health

Just as the saying goes – an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While eating fruit isn’t a guarantee of any kind, studies have shown that those with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables have a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Vitamin C, found in most citrus fruits, also promotes cell growth throughout the body to better heal cuts and scrapes.

The best part about eating fruits and vegetables? Going to the farmers market with your family to select your own fresh picked goods. Let EZ-ACCESS help you break through barriers and increase your mobility with our large offering of products.

How to Keep Employees Safe with Safe Building Access

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June is National Safety Month, and EZ-ACCESS is here to help show you how to keep your employees safe! Follow these three steps to maintain a secure work environment and avoid costly injuries.

  • Stairs

Make sure all your office steps are clearly visible! and not too small to be overlooked. Tripping over a small step is easily avoidable, but can lead to the worst injuries. If your work place has a hidden gradation, post a sign or other notice to help make employees aware. EZ-ACCESS offers OSHA-compliant stairs that can be easily installed and offer a secure passage for all employees.

  • Entryways

Kick difficult doorway transitions to the curb, and make sure your office entryways offer smooth transitions. EZ-ACCESS offers power door threshold ramps and mats, with many customizable options to make your building entryways easily accessible.

  • Accessibility

With building ADA regulations there are multiple areas of your work place that need to be easily accessible. In addition to a complete site evaluation, check your building for stairs that may need a wheelchair lift or a ramp. At EZ-ACCESS we have the solution for all your accessibility commitments.

We know accidents can happen anytime, but we encourage you to try these three steps to better prevent them. Give us a call at 800-451-1903 to learn more about how to make your workplace ADA compliant, we’ll show you how.

 

Best Safety Tips for the Family Caregiver

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Being a caregiver is no easy feat. With 65 million Americans acting as caregivers each year, we at EZ-ACCESS want to make that task easier for the dedicated individuals that hold that title. This National Safety Month, we’d like to provide some helpful tips and tricks on how to care for your loved ones while also taking care of yourself.

  • Make Minor Adjustments to Your Home

FOR THEM: Safety is your number one priority. Make sure your home is de-cluttered, and all hallways or passages are well lit both day and night. Consider removing any unnecessary rugs to avoid potential trip hazards.

FOR YOU: Add baby-monitors to both your room and the room of the person you’re caring for. This can help maintain supervision even when you’re apart.

  • Treat Each Other with Kindness

FOR THEM: Patience is a virtue – that is no joke. No matter the situation remember to breathe and approach the matter with a clear head. Not only will you communicate better, but by maintaining a level of respect between you and the person you’re caring for, you restore some familiarity in their now more dependent life style.

FOR YOU: Caring for another person day-in and day-out is stressful and labor intensive work. Be sure to take time each day for yourself, to read, relax or just getaway for an hour or two.

  • Have a System

FOR THEM: If the loved one you’re caring for is fighting dementia or other neurological diseases, they may forget or refuse to take their daily medications. Make sure all medication is labeled properly, and separated within an organized weekly pill box.

FOR YOU: Structure your days with designated times for meals, bathings, and naps. By adding some routine into your days you can provide some consistency and familiarity to you both.

For all the accessibility modifications and reliable support you might need, EZ-ACCESS is here to help.

EZ-ACCESS Acquires Phillips Lift Systems & Adds Line of Power Toilet Seat Lifts

ALGONA, WASH. – EZ-ACCESS®, one of the nation’s leaders in providing access to life beyond barriers, has acquired a new product that will expand its growing catalog of accessibility and mobility solutions.

With the acquisition of South Carolina-based Phillips Lift Systems, family-owned EZ-ACCESS will add a line of power toilet seat lifts to its diverse offerings. Phillips Lift Systems, which was headquartered in Pickens, South Carolina, has been a manufacturer of the American-made toilet seat lifts for more than 20 years.

The acquisition is another step in the expansion of EZ-ACCESS’ product lines as part of the company’s mission to meet the needs of the entire accessibility market.

“Over the past 30 years, EZ-ACCESS has made every effort to offer our customers the highest quality and most complete line of residential, portable, threshold, and modular ramps,” said Don Everard, EZ-ACCESS CEO.

“With the acquisition of Phillips Lift Systems, Inc., EZ ACCESS now offers the #1 selling, US-made toilet lift product,” Everard said. “Designed to assist an individual in sitting, standing and stability while toileting, the product offers the ability to return to independence in the bathroom. This lift is a perfect fit to support our growing accessibility product development.”

EZ-ACCESS will move manufacturing of the lifts to its facilities in Algona, WA and Morganfield, KY.  The product will be rebranded and sold under the EZ-ACCESS name of TILT. Release dates to the Home Healthcare market will be announced soon.

EZ-ACCESS, a division of Homecare Products Inc., also offers a complete line of American-made
products, which provide all-around solutions for mobility and accessibility. Its residential products include the PATHWAY® Modular Access System, the PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift, SUITCASE® Portable Folding Ramps, TRANSITIONS® Threshold Ramps, Mats and Plates, GATEWAY™ Portable Wheelchair Ramps, and HAULWAY™ Scooter & Power Chair Lifts.

EZ-ACCESS was founded in 1984 by Glenda Everard and her daughter, Deanne Sandvold. Two years later, EZ-ACCESS introduced aluminum portable ramps to its product line. In 1988, son Don Everard joined the family business, bringing with him marketing expertise. The trio was the driving force behind the expansion of the ramp market, having pioneered the industry through the marketing and manufacturing of EZ-ACCESS portable wheelchair ramps. Today, EZ-ACCESS is one of the world’s leading producers of durable, high-quality mobility, accessibility and personal care accessories.

 

4 Simple Steps to Better Health in Men

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Getting fit takes more than a salad and good intentions. At EZ-ACCESS we realize jumping back into healthy living habits can sometimes be easier said than done. This Men’s Health Month, we’re here to share some simple tips to help you get started.

  • Get outside. Clean air is not only good for your respiratory tract, but for your mind as well. Research shows that spending time in the fresh air increases energy in 90 percent of people. You could even say that stopping and smelling the roses is crucial for your immune system. If flowers are not your cup of tea, you can always go for a hike or a bike ride with your family and friends. There is nothing more energizing than leaving your smartphone at home and “unplugging” for a day.
  • Reduce stress. That evening stroll after work may not only help you stay in shape – but also give you time to reflect and shrink your daily stress. Too much stress can have effects like weight gain, increased anxiety, and lack of sleep, just to name a few. To better cut down on your stress, take one hour each day to do something for yourself, whatever that may be.
  • Stay active. Men between the ages of 50 and 70 can lose 30 percent of their muscle strength. 30 minutes of strength training each day can help you not only retain muscle mass, but also add muscle mass and increase your overall strength.
  • Eat healthy. Maintaining a nutritious diet doesn’t have to make you miss out on flavor. Instead of snacking on those easily accessible sweets, grab some almonds or fruit slices. Eating around 20 almonds gives you a healthy dose of fat and has less than 170 calories. Craving something more substantial? Turkey, chicken or fish can be a delicious substitute to those quick and easy drive through burgers. Try some of these easy recipes to help you get started.

No matter your next fitness goal, EZ-ACCESS is here to help you achieve it. With products for every aspect of accessibility, we’ll show you how to stay active in every lifestyle.

Dealer Portal Tips for EZ-ACCESS Dealers

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At EZ-ACCESS, we are so completely thankful for our amazing dealers across the United States and Canada.  So much so that we want to do as much as we possibly can to help them succeed, which is why we created the EZ-ACCESS Dealer Portal, a resource our dealers can access 24/7 for business tools, an exclusive directory and support from the EZ-ACCESS team.  If you’re an EZ-ACCESS dealer, here are the many ways our Dealer Portal could benefit your business:

  1. Marketing Materials – the Dealer Portal offers the latest product sell sheets, competitor comparisons, showroom displays and more, all customizable to feature your business information.
  2. Product Resources – the Dealer Portal is also a hub for every EZ-ACCESS product spec sheet, product features and valuable information to keep you informed of every product detail.
  3. Product Ordering – the Dealer Portal makes ordering EZ-ACCESS products easy and accessible.
  4. Updating Business Information – by filling out your profile information in the Dealer Portal, your contact information will be kept current with EZ-ACCESS. This allows us to remain informed of your location, phone number, website or store contact!
  5. Next Great Tool – Finally, the best part about the EZ-ACCESS Dealer Portal is that we are constantly finding new ways to help our dealers grow their business, and will use the Dealer Portal as our hub to deliver those new tools to you!

If you’re unsure how to access the EZ-ACCESS Dealer Portal, follow these dealer portal instructions and see the benefits today!