Avoid These Common Sunscreen Mistakes

The days are finally warm and sunny, and more people are headed outside to take advantage of the good weather. While sunshine has many positive effects on your mental and physical health, too much of it can be bad for you. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America, and here at EZ-ACCESS we have committed to putting up a fight against it and all other types of cancer (see our previous blog about Relay for Life). Because of that, we would like to offer the following tips for proper sunscreen use:

Don’t use expired sunscreen.

Waste not, want not, right? In the case of sunscreen, nothing could be further from the truth. Rather than reusing that half-empty bottle from last year, examine the date closely. If it’s expired, throw it out because the active ingredients may no longer work and offer no protection at all.

Keep it cool.

Another thing that can kill the active ingredients in sunscreen is if the bottle becomes too hot. So if you’re playing outside all day, keep the sunscreen in the shade or in the cooler with any drinks you brought along.

Reapply it throughout the day.

Once every two hours, take a short break from your activities and reapply your sunscreen. Even the strongest SPF will wear off around that time. In fact, your sunscreen will become ineffective even quicker if you’re in the water or sweating.

Relying on the sunscreen in your makeup.

Many facial lotions and foundations come with a small amount of sunscreen, which is good. However, both of these tend to wear off throughout the day. Another thing to keep in mind is that most makeup includes a lower SPF, so it’s not as potent as something you would apply on your body during a day of swimming.

At EZ-ACCESS, we believe in safety first—and your skin is your body’s first defense! Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy the summer months and be watchful for the symptoms of skin cancer.

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Here’s What You Should Know.

Did you know that on average, one American dies from a stroke every four minutes? While stroke survival rates are high, the CDC states that it is one of the top causes of long-term disability in the United States.

Here at EZ-ACCESS, we want to make sure that everyone is able to live happier, healthier lives. That’s why we’re going to talk about some of the risk factors that increase your chance of having a stroke, as well as how you can intervene if you think someone is having a stroke!

A number of the risk factors for a stroke come from lifestyle choices that can be changed, including:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Too much LDL cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity

A high percentage of Americans fall into one of these risk categories. If this describes you, it’s not too late to start taking your health seriously! Even small steps can make a difference in the long run.

Those who are proactive in living a healthy life can still be at risk of having a stroke. Age and genetics can play a role, and if you have had a stroke in the past then you have a higher chance of having another.

The good news is that there are still additional prevention measures that you can take. If you think that you or someone else is having a stroke, you can mitigate its effects by taking immediate action. Some of the signs include sudden confusion, dizziness, headaches, trouble seeing or numbness on one side of the body. Since these symptoms also show up in other conditions, there’s an easy test you can do to see if someone is having a stroke, called “F.A.S.T.”

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

Arms: Have the person lift both arms. Does one of them slowly drift down?
Speech: Tell the person to repeat a simple phrase, such as “The sky is blue.” Is their speech slurred or hard to understand?

Time: If someone is exhibiting these symptoms, then time is of the essence! Call 911 immediately, even if the symptoms go away.

If you have been affected by a stroke, EZ-ACCESS is here to help. Our accessibility solutions can make your home more accessible, as well as allow you to enjoy life no matter where it takes you.

Made in the U.S.A.!

It’s the time of the year when we bask in remembrance of the great sacrifices that men and women all over our country make and have made to secure our freedom. On May 20th, we honor soldiers currently serving during Armed Forces Day, and we remember fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, May 29th. Patriotism runs deep in the United States and at EZ-ACCESS we stand proud knowing we are investing in this great nation.

Our aluminum access products are made in the U.S.A., creating hundreds of jobs directly through our West Coast manufacturing site located in Algona, Washington and in our East Coast manufacturing site in Morganfield, Kentucky. We also create jobs indirectly through our strategic partnerships and by offering a quality product to our dealers throughout the country.

Buying something crafted here in America does our country good. Some studies show that for every $1 of manufacturing activity, another $1.81 is returned to the economy. According to ABC News, if everyone spent an extra $3.33 on products made in the U.S., it would generate an additional 10,000 jobs. In 2016, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy, and employed 9% of the workforce. All of this job creation ultimately leads to positive economic growth for America.

Another key factor associated with manufacturing in the U.S.A. is that it provides us with the ability to institute quality control. We make sure our access solutions are to the upmost quality standards, ensuring the safety of our customers.

A few of our American-made products include:

SUITCASE® Singlefold Ramp: This ramp allows people to gain immediate access, no matter where they are. With ergonomic handles and a non-protruding hinge, this ramp can go where you go.

The PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift: Known as the lightest residential platform lift on the market, it’s a perfect solution for difficult pathways, porches or platforms. It weighs less than 400 pounds and features Plug-N-Play Wiring Technology for easy installation.

The TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System: This system combines ramps, platforms and steps to create the ideal solution that will bring any business up to code and ADA compliance.

The FORTRESS® OSHA Stair System: Whether you need access to a mobile office on a job site, a cargo trailer, or more, this system can provide a temporary or permanent solution. It’s flexible enough to fit just about any layout or configuration.

The TRAVERSE™ Walk Ramp: Perfect for those who need to load and unload goods, this curbside loading ramp is light enough to carry but strong enough to handle the rigors of everyday use.

Our contributions to America’s manufacturing sector have not gone unnoticed. We were named the silver award winner for the 2017 Washington Manufacturing Company of the Year in the Building Trades category. We’re proud to be a part of the American dream, and we encourage you to buy “Made in America” with all your purchases—not just the ones from EZ-ACCESS!

EZ-ACCESS Takes Part in Relay for Life

May is National Cancer Research Month, and the team at EZ-ACCESS is doing what we can to help fight this life-threatening condition. One of the ways we’re accomplishing this is by participating in our local Relay for Life event, which takes place on Saturday, May 13th from noon to midnight at our local high school football field.

However, this single event hasn’t been our only focus! Throughout the year, we have been holding fundraisers to reach our donation goal. All the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help finance research for new, more effective treatments that may lead to finding a cure one day.

This isn’t the first year EZ-ACCESS has taken part in Relay for Life. Many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another, so our involvement is deeply personal. Each year we set a goal of how much money we can raise for the cause, and this year we raised the bar higher than ever.

To reach our goal, we’ve had to be creative in our fundraising. Here are just a few examples of what we’ve done throughout the year:

  • Spring Has Sprung Gift Basket Raffle: We collected donations and put together gift baskets to raffle off to our employees. Some of these included a BBQ basket, a camping basket, a tool basket, a couple of kids’ toy baskets, and a Seahawks basket.
  • Car Wash: During the warmer months we have volunteers available to wash employees’ cars for a small donation.
  • Bake Sale: Who doesn’t love sweets? We have some talented folks that bake delicious treats and we package them up for sale in the lunchroom.
  • Wiener Wednesday: A favorite lunch fundraiser at EZ-ACCESS where volunteers barbeque hot dogs and serve them up with chips and a drink.
  • Taco Tuesday: Same as Wiener Wednesday, but with Tacos!
  • Chocolate Party: Because everyone needs more chocolate in their lives! Similar to our bake sale, all things chocolate are packaged up and sold for a small donation.
  • Flower Raffle: Around Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day we raffle off beautiful flower arrangements made by one of our employees.

We encourage you to find a cause you are passionate about and see how you can make a difference for those living with a disease, disability, or ailment.

 

 

 

Q&A: Find the Mobility Gear You Need to Hit the Road

The sun is shining and the days are longer, making it the perfect time to load up for an outdoor adventure with your family!  However, for those in mobility devices, hitting the road can come with potential obstacles. In order to get the portable ramp that fits your unique needs so that you can travel safe, it’s not enough to simply buy the first available option. To get the customized solution necessary, EZ-ACCESS breaks down the facts so that you can get the right fit, the first time!

How Do I Find the Right Ramp?

Step One: In order to get the correct size, measure the height of your vehicle’s landing or top step that you’ll be using your mobility device on. If you are unable to get out and measure this height, look up the manufacturer’s specifications for your vehicle.

Step Two: In addition to the height of your vehicle landing or top step, find the recommended degree of incline for your mobility device in your manual or on the manufacturer’s website.

Step Three: Next, you’ll need to take the rise you found for your vehicle and your recommended degree of incline to the EZ-ACCESS Incline Chart.  The incline chart will tell you what ramp length you’ll need to maintain a safe degree of incline for your desired height usage.

Step Four: Finally, the issue many people forget to check on is whether the portable ramp is small enough to fit into your vehicle. You can find the size of the portable ramp when it is folded for storage on our website to make sure it will easily fit into your vehicle.

Getting the right ramp to fit your needs can be a process, however, by incorporating these easy guidelines you can get the perfect match. For additional assistance, our friendly team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help make the process go smoothly. Contact us today for more information!

Improve Mobility and Save the World with These 3 Products

 

With the arrival of Earth Day, it is the perfect time to discover new sustainable solutions for your access needs. To get a long lasting answer for your home or business, EZ-ACCESS offers these great products to help you not only go green but save some too!

Make the Change

For a long lasting solution for your access needs, ditch the wooden ramps and get ready to upgrade. By utilizing an environmentally friendly aluminum ramp, you will not only be employing a reusable and recyclable source, but you will avoid future repairs or replacements. To help you find the perfect fit, EZ-ACCESS has a full line of portable and semi-permanent ramp options that are easily movable and can be reconfigured to meet any future changes.

Coat it up

Not only do aluminum ramps have the longevity and durability to stand up to the elements, they also provide an attractive alternative to a wooden ramp. By using our powder coating option, you can easily match your access equipment to your exterior surroundings. The coating emits zero or near zero volatile organic compounds and the overspray can be recycled, making it possible to achieve nearly 100 percent use so not a drop goes to waste.

Stay Simple

For a non-invasive mobility solution, our TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat is the easy answer to your needs. Suited for doorways both inside and outside, this mat will not interfere with the door tracks and is sure to provide a safe entry or exit. Made from 100 percent recyclable material and available in three colors, this mat is a simple solution for your home or office.

At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to providing safe and sustainable answers for all your access needs. To learn more about how our products can benefit you, contact our team today!

Welcome Spring with TRANSITIONS® Threshold Ramps

 

With the arrival of spring, it’s time to welcome in the warmer weather with help from EZ-ACCESS! By utilizing our full line of TRANSITIONS® threshold ramps, mats, and plates you will be able to brush off the winter blues and bring in the sunshine for everyone, no matter their mobility restrictions.

Why TRANSITIONS?

Not only is every TRANSITIONS threshold solution completely seam-free, making them extremely safe for mobility users, but they are available in several materials to match your specific application and the décor of your home. Offering either an extruded design or applied surface for exceptional traction, each product includes only a handful of steps for setup so that you can easily and quickly get the access you need. Finally, each TRANSITIONS threshold solution is lightweight and easy to transport, making it a breeze to adjust to any future changes.

Welcome in the Family

To get the most ideal access solution for your unique needs, EZ-ACCESS has a full line of TRANSITIONS ramps, mats, and plates to improve your home or office safety. Discover your perfect fit today:

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Ramp – Supporting doorways up to 5 ⅞ inches high, this angled entry ramp offers swivel feet that allow for varying heights and doorway angles. Uneven surfaces are not a problem with the Angled Entry Ramp!

TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Ramp – Extending up to 6 ¼ inches high by simply sliding in additional sections, this modular entry ramp features a smooth path from door to ramp. Use the Modular Entry Ramp with a sliding glass door or other doorways to make every entry easy for the mobility user in your home.

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat – One of two completely rubber mats in the TRANSITIONS family, this angled entry mat can reach 2 ½ inches high and is ideal for areas with cross traffic thanks to its unique beveled edges. This “welcome” mat is available in Black, Storm Grey, and Hazelnut Brown in order to match the desired aesthetic of your home.

TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Mat  – An additional rubber mat in the TRANSITIONS family is the modular entry mat, which does not feature beveled edges, but rather can reach a height of 4 ¾ inches using rubber risers.

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Plate – With this single-piece, formed aluminum plate you can help eliminate trip hazards and accommodate most mobility devices. Available in 8, 10, and 12 inches, this portable solution comes with an applied slip-resistant surface, which offers superior traction no matter the condition.

Each spring brings plenty of opportunities to make treasured new memories with your friends and family. With helpful products and assistance from EZ-ACCESS, you will have the tools you need to make sure everyone feels included. Contact our team today to get started!

Let’s Talk: How to Identify and Manage Depression

 

With the arrival of World Health Day every April, taking the time to reflect on vital issues can be a key step in improving your overall quality of life. In the past, this important holiday has helped spread awareness of diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure and other illnesses by sharing knowledge and advocating preventative actions. However, this year we are taking a step back to understand that not all conditions can be evident to the outside eye. Each year, more than 16 million American adults suffer from depression, making it one of the most common mental illnesses in the nation. From this, 7 million of those affected are over the age of 65. In honor of the World Health Day’s ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign, which seeks to spread awareness of this vital issue, EZ-ACCESS offers these essential management guidelines so that you can find the help you need to live a full life:

Know the Symptoms

Allowing depression to go untreated can dramatically decrease your well-being. Although it can be easy, dismissing warning signs and treating them as common mood swings can have severe future consequences. To ensure you get the help necessary to live your days to the fullest, recognize the symptoms. Although feeling sadness, hopeless, cranky, nervous and disengaged are the most publicized effects, they are not the only indicators. If you are feeling fatigue, have consistent headaches, abdominal cramps, digestive issues, an increase or decrease in your appetite and experience insomnia, these can also be important signs of a more serious problem.

Speak Out

If you experience depression symptoms, don’t keep it inside. Speaking to family, friends and medical professionals is a key component of managing the effects of the disease. If you are not yet comfortable in seeking personal support, contacting an advocacy group such as the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance can be an important first step in coming to terms with the condition. No matter which option you use, by taking the first step in seeking help, you can find the treatment that’s effective for your unique needs and have a core team that will provide key support with the transition.

Stay Healthy

An important tool in the fight against depression is keeping active. With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to enjoy walks and other outdoor events. Spending the day in a park can also help increase relaxation and prevent possible anxiety. If you are struggling to make it outside, start small. Make it a point to walk each day to the end of your driveway and back. Additionally, try to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet and eliminate caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes. To help stay active, you can also join community clubs and groups or simply ask a friend to accompany you on a daily stroll. Even the smallest steps can make a major impact in improving your overall well-being.

Although depression is an ongoing fight, with support and healthy habits, you can continue to overcome the obstacles. To help you stay active, EZ-ACCESS offers a complete line of portable and semi-permanent ramps so that you can enjoy each and every day to the fullest. Contact our team today to learn more about how these useful products can get you moving forward.

FAQ: Upgrade Your Safety with the Pathway 3G Modular Access System

If you are upgrading your home’s accessibility, the options can be potentially overwhelming. In order to find the customized solution to your needs, EZ-ACCESS is proud to provide the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System. By utilizing universal components and interchangeable surfaces, this American-made modular system will efficiently increase security for you and your loved ones. Find out more about why the PATHWAY 3G is the right fit for your needs!

How difficult is assembly?

Since the PATHWAY 3G Modular Access System requires minimal tools and relies on few components and hardware, installation is a breeze! With no construction or poured footers, the assembly is simple and can be continually added upon, interchanged, and moved to fit your changing needs. To learn more about the ease of installation, please view our video or browse the instruction manual.

Is it durable?

Made from quality aluminum materials, the PATHWAY 3G is built to stand up to the elements. Protected by a lifetime warranty, this modular ramp is the long-lasting solution to your needs. For additional protection, our powder coating option is available in three colors to help not only safeguard your access solution, but also compliment it to the exterior of your home to match your desired look.

Can it be adjusted?

The future is never set in stone! The PATHWAY 3G’s unique features include interchangeable surface and handrails that can easily be swapped out in the future. Comprised of ramps, handrails, stairs and platforms this access solution can be combined and configured to provide the customized fit for your home. Additionally, vertical or horizontal pickets can be added by simply inserting either welded picketed sections or additional rails at any time. Since the process involves bolts instead of heavy construction, they can also be removed with ease.

At EZ-ACCESS, we don’t believe in the cookie-cutter approach. By utilizing the distinct and personalized features of the PATHEWAY 3G Modular Access System, you can get the flexible and secure mobility answer for you and your family. To learn more about the benefits, contact our team today!

Spring Forward with Maintenance Tips for Your Home Access Equipment

With birds chirping, the sun shining and temperatures rising, spring has finally arrived. Before you head out to enjoy the weather with your family, first take the time to ensure your access solution is in prime working condition for the heavy springtime traffic ahead. By following these simple tips from EZ-ACCESS, you will be ready to enjoy the outdoors in no time!

Give Your Access Equipment the Spring Sweep

Use a broom to brush off any loose debris to help guarantee that the traction on your ramps, mats, and lifts, have not been compromised by the winter weather.

Tackle the Tough Spots

Use a garden hose to rinse off the entire aluminum mobility ramp to prepare it for cleaning. If you come across any areas with mud or clay, soak these areas to allow the mud to loosen.

Keep it Clean

Take a damp towel and dab at any stains left on the ramp from dirty snow or mud. To keep the aluminum ramp system looking new, avoid using harsh cleaners on the surface. Instead, wipe these areas with a clean cloth and continue until the entire surface is clean. To finish, use a dry towel to wipe down the entire ramp until it is dry.

Double Check the Hardware

Once you have completed cleaning, it is always a good idea to check and tighten any loose nuts and bolts to ensure the safety of your ramp.

Spring is the perfect season to enjoy time with your loved ones outside. By taking the time to properly care for your access equipment, you can rest easier knowing that your family is secure. To learn more about how we can help you get the tools you need to enjoy this wonderful time of year, contact the team at EZ-ACCESS today!