How to Keep Employees Safe with Safe Building Access

employee safety

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

caregiver safety

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

mens health

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!

Tips When Choosing a Loading Ramp

loading ramp

Whether you’re transporting personal lawn care equipment or finding ways to improve efficiencies at your delivery business, you need a safe, sturdy and affordable loading solution.  But with so many loading ramps to choose from, how do you determine which one is right for you or your business?  At EZ-ACCESS, we understand the conundrum and can help you with these three simple questions:

What are you planning on loading?

If you are loading machinery such as a lawn mower, you would need to know how much the lawn mower weighs and then add the estimated weight of a full tank of gas.  You’ll also need to know how wide the equipment is.  If you are using the loading ramp to carry heavy items across it, you’ll need to factor in your weight as well as the maximum weight of the items you’ll be carrying to be on the safe side.

With weight capacities up to 1,200 pounds and an optional wheel kit, the TRAVERSE Walk Ramp is the perfect solution for tasks in furniture or equipment delivery as well as lawn care equipment transportation.

What will you be loading into?

Another important factor is the height of the highest level you’ll be using your loading ramp on.  This will determine the length of loading ramp you need in order to keep yourself at a safe incline ratio of 1:12.  To calculate your incline and find the length of ramp needed, use our incline calculator.

The TRAVERSE Walk Ramp is available in 4’, 6’, 8’, 10’, 12’ and 14’ lengths with a 30” usable width.

What will the conditions be like when you’re using the loading ramp?

In addition to knowing what you’re loading and how you’re loading it, you’ll also need to know if the loading ramp will be exposed to the outdoor elements on a regular basis.  This will help you determine what type of grip and coating you’ll need on your loading ramp for safe use.

The TRAVERSE Walk Ramp offers an extruded, slip-resistant surface.  Also available is powder coating which allows you to change the aluminum ramp to the color of your choosing.

If you have questions about which industrial ramp will meet your needs, give our Industrial/Commercial department a call today at 1-888-362-8612.

 

Entry Tips for the Mobile Modular Building

mobile modular building stairs

Summer is nearly here and the modular building setups for summer construction projects are ramping up.  As the accessible entry experts, we’d like to point out that choosing an appropriate entry for your modular office isn’t always a slam dunk and there are several requirements that businesses must meet with entries of this kind.

Here are some tips to help you determine the best entry for your mobile modular building:

  1. OSHA Compliant – As a business owner, you’ve been well informed of the need to remain compliant with OSHA standards in the workplace, and the entry for your mobile modular building is no exception.
  2. Adjustable – Is the stair height adjustable so that you can setup and use your stairs again for other entry needs? The FORTRESS OSHA Stair System adjusts from 23” to 34” for 3 steps and 27.5” to 42.5” for 4 steps.
  3. Durable – Assuming these stairs are going to be out in the severe summer elements and put through heavy use, will they remain in great shape and resist rust? The FORTRESS is made of corrosion-resistant aluminum that will remain rust-free for years and require little to no maintenance to keep in great working condition!
  4. Easy to Assemble – Are the stairs easy to move and set up with limited resources and manpower?
  5. Stable – Will your modular stairs stay in place even on a muddy, dirt surface? The FORTRESS OSHA Stair System offers optional oversized feet to possibly eliminate the need for pavers.
  6. Easy Storage – When not in use, do the stairs store easily? The FORTRESS folds completely flat so that you can easily transport and store it.

These are just a few of the considerations you must make when deciding on the best mobile modular building entry system.  EZ-ACCESS offers several mobile modular access options including the FORTRESS OSHA Stair System and the TITAN Code Compliant Modular Access System.  If you have questions about finding the right mobile modular building entry for you, give EZ-ACCESS a call today!

How to Safely Transport Your Mobility Scooter

transport mobility scooter

The sun is out and you’ve finally received that mobility scooter that is really going to take you places this summer.  The only problem is, you aren’t sure how you’ll get this mobility device to the mall, park or outdoor concert you’ve been hoping to use it at.  Don’t worry – EZ-ACCESS understands your predicament, and we have identified your three best choices for transporting that mobility scooter anywhere this summer!

  1. Public Transportation with Your Mobility Scooter

Mobility scooters can only operate for a certain number of hours before the battery will need to be recharged.  For this reason, many mobility scooter users in cities choose to do some of their travel by bus or some other form or public transportation.  This allows you to save the battery life on your mobility scooter while still getting to your desired destination.

However, before heading to the bus stop with your mobility scooter, check to be sure your city’s public buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.  Know that in general, wheelchair or mobility scooter users are expected to load their mobility device within a 2 or 3 minute time period and that assistance will be available to secure the mobility device.  You will also need to be aware that most cities do not allow buses to operate a wheelchair lift on a hill, so travel to the nearest level ground bus stop.

  1. Portable Ramps for Your Mobility Scooter

Another option for transporting your mobility scooter is by using a portable ramp and your personal vehicle.   The length of portable ramp needed will depend on the floor height of your vehicle.  Use our incline calculator to determine the ramp length needed.  You should NEVER ride or drive your mobility scooter up a portable ramp, but instead set your mobility scooter to freewheel mode and push it up the ramp.

  1. Mobility Scooter Lift

If public transportation is not an option and your mobility device won’t easily fit in your personal vehicle, a great solution is to install a mobility scooter lift.  At EZ-ACCESS, we offer the HAULWAY product line which includes the HAULWAY™ Lite, Standard and HD lift to fit a variety of mobility scooter styles and sizes.

If you’re concerned with how to transport your mobility scooter, don’t wait to contact the friendly service team at EZ-ACCESS!  We’re here to help you live as safely and independently as possible!

De-Winterizing Your Ramp

De-Winterizing Your Ramp

Windows rolled down, sweaters packed in storage, and house scrubbed within an inch of its life. It’s most certainly springtime – but nobody had to tell you twice! EZ-ACCESS encourages you to pay your wheelchair ramp the same springy TLC to rid it of winter grime and prepare it for the warmer months ahead:

  1. Spray it down: Though it’s a relief to wave goodbye to winter, the snowy season leaves behind dirt, sand, and salt build-up from longs months of de-icing your ramp. Kick start the cleaning process by running a hose over the surface to remove as much surface-level gunk as possible. Let it air dry completely before moving on to prevent slips.
  2. Take a broom to it: Hopping in with brooms or scrubbers before a thorough rinse only pushes grit and grime around further, scratching the surface and spreading the mess. On a thoroughly rinsed and dried surface, sweep away fine residue to reveal a smoother, cleaner ramp.
  3. Run a check-up: A clean surface allows you to inspect your ramp for problems areas that formed over the winter. Keep your eyes peeled for scratches and rust formation on metal ramps and signs of warping or rot on wooden options.
  4. Make improvements: A taller handrail, longer landing pad, or added traction strips can make your wheelchair ramp a customized fit for your house and your lifestyle. Enjoy the fresh air as you tweak and tune your ramp for the summer months and beyond!

Been thinking about upgrading your ramp? Springtime is the time for that. Take a peek at our online catalog and let us know what improvements we can help you make!

Why Being Active and Getting Fresh Air is Vital to Your Health

Why Being Active and Getting Fresh Air is Vital to Your Health

Long walks through the park or pick-up games of basketball? Washing the cars or tending to the garden? No matter your preference, time spent exercising outdoors is never wasted. Outdoor fitness impacts your body, mind, and spirit, and our team at EZ-ACCESS wants you to head outside to seize these benefits:

Body

  • Clean air, rejuvenating scenery, and plenty of sunshine inspires more activity than a 4-walled gym. With more space and energy to romp around, outdoor workouts are typically performed with more vigor than indoor exercise, helping to burn calories, curb weight gain, and keep heart and circulatory systems strong.
  • Vitamin D, which is naturally produced in your skin in response to sunlight, boasts a wealth of benefits. From fighting disease to strengthening bones, spending time exercising under the sun instead of fluorescent lights makes this vitamin thrive. Bonus: it’s been proven to supplement weight loss, boosting the benefit of your outdoor exercise even farther.

Mind

  • Your brain craves stimulation, and physical environment matters. That’s why a 20-minute walk outside has been proven to channel focus and promote increased concentration as it gives your mind time to unwind from pressing matters and redirect to soak up new sensations.
  • Research is starting to name exercise as one of the best ways to prevent Alzheimer’s and other memory-related diseases. Walks around the neighborhood, gardening, and bike rides combine the benefits of heart-pumping exercise with the environmental stimulus that keeps your brain sharp.

Spirit

  • Ditch the treadmill and head for the hills. Research indicates exercises performed outdoors reduce tension, confusion, anger, and depression more effectively than any indoor counterparts.
  • Mood-booster serotonin is affected by oxygen intake. The more you inhale, the more your body is able to produce, helping to increase your happiness and sense of well-being. Deep lungfuls of fresh air enable you to relax and refresh as they trigger production and release of natural uppers.

No matter your level of mobility, the great outdoors is waiting for you. Take a look at our line of SUITCASE easy transport ramps so you can pack up and go wherever and whenever you want!