4 Quick Tips on How to Prepare for Natural Disasters

4 Quick Tips on How to Prep for Natural Disasters

When it comes to prepping your home for natural disasters you can never be too prepared. Lack of an emergency plan for unexpected events could be detrimental. To help you get started, here are a few tips on how you can plan for a natural disaster.

Gather Medical Supplies and Necessities

Be sure to gather and keep track of medicines, oxygen tanks, battery packs, extra medical supplies, and other daily care necessities. If you have to make a quick exit, having everything together could be the difference between continuing your care or not.

Have Cash On Hand

During these emergencies, ATMs may be overrun or not working, meaning there is no way for you to get cash. Power can go out, leaving debit and credit cards useless. By having cash on hand, you will be able to purchase necessities when an event occurs.

Document Storage

Be sure to have a fireproof and waterproof box with documents you will need in order to pick up the pieces after a disaster. These documents should include numbers to and information about your bank, creditors, health insurance, and property insurance. Specific documents should include passports, birth certificates, health records, social security cards, bank routing numbers, deeds, income tax information and more.

Plan, Plan, Plan.

The best thing you can do is put together a team of people who can assist you during a natural disaster. It’s important to review your plan with these people so they’re also prepared. You’ll also want to plan escape routes and practice using them once or twice a year. In the event of a tornado, most basements aren’t wheelchair accessible so having a back-up plan if you or a loved one use a wheelchair is important.

While we never hope a natural disaster will strike, it’s better to be prepared if something does occur. By taking these steps to prepare, you will have a plan to help aid in your safety and recovery.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by the recent hurricanes, and are looking for accessibility solutions to temporary housing, we can help. Visit our Disaster Relief Page by clicking here.

Four Creative Wheelchair Halloween Costumes

Four Creative Wheelchair Halloween Costumes

Ghosts, goblins and witches galore! Halloween is near and if you’re like most people you’re waiting until the last minute to come up with what you or your child is going to be this year. Stop your procrastinating because we’ve come up with some Halloween costume ideas that are sure to be winners in the costume contest and help your kids collect the most candy!

  1. Oscar the Grouch – Dress up as Oscar by using green fur and making your wheelchair or powerchair look like a trashcan. All you need to do is perfect your best Oscar the Grouch voice and you are dressed for the part!
  2. Kayak – With a little bit of elbow grease, you can turn a wheelchair into a kayak. All you need to do is cut the shape of a kayak out using cardboard. Decorate it how you want and get a couple of paddles to attach to the kayak. Grab your kayak clothes and hit the sidewalk to collect all the candy you can.
  3. A Car – Customize your set of wheels! If you or your kiddo are a fan of cars, racecars, tractors, – anything with a set of wheels – make it into an awesome costume for Halloween. Much like the kayak, you’ll need a little ingenuity and creativity when it comes to making these costumes.
  4. A Drum Set – Become the drummer for your favorite band by covering a hula hoop in paper, which will be your bass drum! Next, attach two large cylinders at the side of the bass drum to create your snare drums. Grab your drumsticks, put on your best rock star outfit and rock that costume down the sidewalk.
  5. A News Anchor or Late Night TV Show Host – Channel your inner Jimmy Kimmel or David Muir, by giving your chair a news desk and making yourself into a news anchor or TV show host. Put on a suit, have your note cards ready and deliver the news or jokes all night long!

We hope you found some inspiration for you or your kiddo’s next Halloween costume. If you dress up this Halloween, share your photos with us on our Facebook page. We’d love to see you all decked out!

Out of the Box Ways to Use Your EZ-ACCESS Accessibility Solutions

Our access solutions may seem like their use is pretty straightforward, however, with a little creativity our products can be used for many things you may have never thought about! Here are some “out of the box access ideas” to consider with EZ-ACCESS products:

  • Raised Floor – If you’re in an industry with data centers or manufacturing plants, where you’d need a raised surface to protect cords and pipes or prevent tripping hazards, our TITAN™ platforms and steps are the solutions you’ve been looking for. This product can be configured to meet to site-specific criteria, has been reinforced for added strength, and features an extruded slip-resistant surface to ensure safety.
  • Access to Activities – The FORTRESS® OSHA Stair System makes for the perfect elevated solution to access activities that require some added height, like mounting a horse, accessing carnival rides, or even getting up on stage. With height options ranging from 23” to 42.5”, this stair system can easily be configured to meet your needs.
  • Create a Deck – Use the TITAN™ system to create the perfect temporary deck or porch for your RV or travel trailer. Add some patio furniture and your grill – and maybe even a few plants – to create a charming and peaceful setting at your home away from home.
  • Platform to Your Work – The TITAN could probably be called the jack of all trades. In addition to the examples mentioned above, this system can also be configured to create a work platform to machinery. Never worry about finding a ladder or accessing machinery in an unsafe manner; the TITAN can be your safe solution.
  • Access to Your Show Floor – While our TRANSITIONS® entry ramps are usually thought of as a way to overcome doorway thresholds, we’ve seen them used creatively to provide access to an indoor/outdoor display that has a slightly raised floor.

If you’ve used your EZ-ACCESS products in a unique way, let us know. We love seeing what our products can do for you.

Must Visit All-Accessible Playgrounds

No one should have to sit on the sidelines of the playground because they’re not able to maneuver the landscape or access the playground equipment. We’re not the only ones who have identified the need for all-inclusive, accessible playgrounds for kids; a majority of the reason we see these parks today is because a community member saw a need. Take a look at these five parks all across the nation that you should add to your travel list!

  1. Brooklyn’s Playground – Pocatello, Idaho: Built with the love and support of the community, Brooklyn’s Playground was created to give the gift of play to children of all abilities. Brooklyn’s Playground is a community-wide volunteer effort to build the first fully-inclusive playground. Chock-full of fun, a visit to the park is a must for anyone in the area!
  2. Hope Park – Frisco, Texas: Not only accessible for those in power chairs and wheelchairs, Hope Park was designed for children with a wide variety of special needs. There are sensory engaging elements of the park including Soundplay accessible instruments. Next time you’re in the DFW Metroplex, take a break and play at Hope Park!
  3. Tatum’s Garden – Salinas, California: After a family stopped during their road trip to play at Brooklyn’s Park in Pocatello, Idaho, they were inspired to create the same thing for their young daughter with Spina Bifida. From there, everything was set into motion for Tatum’s Garden. Next time you’re road tripping near the Salinas area, stop by to play at the county’s first fully-inclusive and accessible playground.
  4. Taylor’s Dream: A Boundless Playground – Fort Wayne, Indiana: When a girl named Taylor saw another student who wasn’t able to enjoy the playground equipment, she decided to take action. Along with her friends and the Parks & Recreation Department, they worked together to create a 42,000 square-foot playground. Designed with age-specific play pods and a splash pad which serves as a hub for all of the play pods, this playground was named as one of the top 50 playgrounds in the nation.
  5. Jake’s Place – Cherry Hill, New Jersey: Jake’s Place was created to honor Baby Jake’s memory after he left this world all too soon as a result of a rare cardiac condition. Jake’s family chose to honor him by creating a specially designed, all-inclusive playground based on their belief that EVERY child deserves a chance to play, regardless of physical limitations. With synthetic surfaces, wide ramps, sensory and implements to work on coordination, this playground has something for everyone!

We hope you feel inspired and ready to take your kids out to play! If there’s an all-inclusive park near you be sure to leave us a comment – we’d love to see it! For more information about our options to make those with limited mobility more independent, contact us today!

Making EZ-ACCESS Products Work for You: Maintenance and Facilities

If you’re looking to increase efficiency, bring an enhanced culture of safety, and provide an overall better solution to access for your organization, this is for you. Our accessibility solutions for those who work in maintenance and facilities are designed to help create a safer and simpler process for you to do your job well. Take a look at several of our products designed with you and your work in mind.

TRAVERSE™ Walk Ramp – If you’re moving office furniture or cleaning supplies out of trucks or up a set of entry stairs, the TRAVERSE™ Walk Ramp is just what you need to reduce stress and strain on your body. The ramp is heavy-duty but was designed to be lightweight so that it’s easily transported and can be set up in a matter of seconds. Offered in a wide range of lengths, you can find the appropriate ramp for your needs.

TRAVERSE™ Singlefold – Our TRAVERSE Singlefold Ramp is the perfect companion for transporting heavy equipment. Built with durability and safety in mind, the ramp can withstand daily use, has a slip-resistant surface for traction, and raised curbs to prevent your cargo from slipping off the edges. Don’t worry about finding somewhere to store the TRAVERSE Singlefold, the ramp can be folded up to 15” wide, making it the ideal solution for on-the-move jobs.

TRAVERSE™ Curb Plate – Curbs can be an inconvenience and are oftentimes overlooked. You’ll no longer have to worry about straining your back getting heavy carts or other equipment over a curb when you use our TRAVERSE™ Curb Plate. Much like the TRAVERSE Singlefold Ramp it has raised sides to prevent equipment from slipping off the edges and also features two stops that prevent it from sliding or moving during use.

TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System – Raised access points to warehouses, loading docks, dumpsters, or other difficult to reach areas are exactly what our TITAN System was created for. The system can be configured to best fit your area, meeting all of your site-specific needs. Another great thing about the TITAN is that it’s easy to install and is ADA, IBC, and OSHA complaint.

FORTRESS® OSHA Stair System – If you’re in need of access to dumpsters, recycling containers, or large machinery, you’ll want to employ the use of our FORTRESS OSHA Stair System. The FORTRESS was created to be adjustable to the height you need with features to ensure safety and OSHA compliance. This access solution can solve both permanent and temporary needs.

Next time you’re looking for a reliable, durable, and safe solution for maintenance and facilities, think EZ-ACCESS. We can help you find just what you’re looking for to make your work easier and reduce strain on your body. Contact us today to get started on finding your access solution.

Ways to Get Ready for National Preparedness Month

As National Preparedness Month comes into full swing, it’s important to take steps to keep your family safe. Disaster can happen anytime or anywhere so planning ahead and being prepared is always a good approach. EZ-ACCESS has created this list of simple steps to take in order to keep you and your family safe.

  1. Create a first aid kit.

Be sure to keep a first aid kit in your car, at home, at work, etc. Although we hope it’s never needed, this kit will be your next best friend and provides temporary support until you can get help. You should also have food and water in your kit in case you are stuck somewhere without access to essentials.

  1. Know where community shelters and food banks are near you.

If you are without food, water, or shelter, knowing where to find the necessities is extremely important. It’s also a good idea to check the shelter’s protocol for disasters so you know what to expect if you need to go.

  1. Sign up for phone alerts and warnings in your area.

These alerts will warn you of impending tornados, floods, or other natural disasters. It’s a great feature and can prevent injury and save lives. To be effective, these alerts need to be heard so be sure to set your phone settings to receive them at all times, no matter the time of day or night.

  1. Have an escape route or evacuation plan for your home and community.

Practice with an emergency drill and be sure to include your pets. Knowing how to get out of your home the quickest and safest way, along with knowing which roads to take as you leave town, will help you safely get out of harm’s way.

  1. Identify a safe point where everyone can meet if you get split up.

In the event someone gets lost or groups get split up, have a planned meeting place and a way to stay in communication with each other. One solution is to be sure that everyone has a walkie talkie in case cell service is lost.

  1. Take care of others during a disaster.

If you are able to go around and check on others safely, then do it. Look out for your neighbors and know which ones may not be able to leave their homes safely. Our elderly neighbors are particularly vulnerable, so please include them in your planning.

  1. For the upcoming cold weather, be sure to have extra supplies.

In your vehicle, make sure you have blankets, coats, hats, and gloves for each person in the car. If your vehicle breaks down or you are involved in an accident, you will be prepared with warm clothing to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

It’s always important to remember that disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. We hope you never have to encounter a natural disaster, but if you do, being prepared can reduce panic and keep your friends and family safe. How do you plan to engage in preparedness actions this month?

Making EZ-ACCESS Products Work for You: Curb and Threshold

It’s time to put EZ-ACCESS to work for you! The curb and threshold category within our industrial product offerings contains solutions that will no longer let curbs or thresholds hold you back! Whether you’re a business owner or in the business of moving large pieces of equipment or furniture, we have multiple solutions to help you overcome those pesky curbs and thresholds.

TRAVERSE™ Curb PlateCurbs can be such a hassle and are sometimes forgotten when planning a delivery or needing to transport items from your vehicle to the necessary location. This American-made product is ideal when using a hand truck to move parcels, equipment, furniture, appliances, and more. It can be carried and placed wherever it’s needed. Don’t worry about it slipping or moving while in use, the built-in curb stops will keep it in place.

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat – This is the perfect way to provide a smooth and safe transition from ground to raised landing. Made with 100 percent recycled rubber, the surface provides excellent traction and can handle up to 850lbs. Offered in two sizes and various colors, this portable mat could be the perfect solution for your exact needs.

TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry MatSimilar to the Angled Entry Mat, the Modular Entry Mat is designed to eliminate a curb, threshold, or raised landing. It can be trimmed and notched easily in order to fit wherever it’s needed. It can also be transported to various locations, making it ideal for movers or businesses that load merchandise and equipment in and out often.

No matter the situation, we have the solution for you. Stop stressing to find the answers for access and let us guide you in finding the perfect solution. If you have any questions please contact us here.

 

Four Ways to Make Lawn Care Easier

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the grass is growing! It’s time to tackle some yard work. Don’t let mowing your yard or mulching your garden beds be an issue anymore! With a few tips, you can save time, the strain on your body, and stress! Let’s find out how.

  1. If you purchase a new mower or need to take yours to the shop for maintenance, don’t let loading and unloading it be a hassle. Our TRAVERSE™ Singlefold Edgeless Ramp may be just what you need. If your mower has a wider deck, this is just what you’re looking for especially with its curbless design! It’s light enough to move by yourself but sturdy enough to handle your mower and will help you get the job done.
  2. One way to save time is to keep all of your necessary gardening tools near you. Using a garden caddy or gardening apron can keep all of your gardening gear handy. Some garden caddies can even double as a seat while you tend to your flowers and garden beds.
  3. If you’ve purchased mulch, rocks, or dirt, and you’re looking to move the materials out of your truck, trailer, or down your porch or patio stairs, enlist the help of a TRAVERSE™ Walk Ramp. Move your wheelbarrow of materials quickly without any trouble! You won’t have to worry about slipping or having trouble transporting this easy-to-move ramp. Not only will your garden beds look great, you’ll save time and effort for more gardening projects!
  4. Forget hauling the hose around – water your plants with a soaker hose. Not only will this save you time but it’ll save on your watering costs. Cover it with a layer of mulch to prevent evaporation in the hot summer weather. Even better? Set an automatic timer so you don’t have to think about it.

We hope these gardening tips save you time, effort, and resources this summer while you’re out in the lawn and garden! Happy gardening!

Tips to Celebrate Family Fun Month!

August is Family Fun Month and boy oh boy do we have some fun ideas for you! The crew at EZ-ACCESS has compiled their favorite entertaining activities to do with their loved ones for this fantastic month. Check it out!

Splish Splash

Have fun and stay cool with your family by playing in the water all day! Enjoy the pool, sprinkler, slip ‘n slide, and water balloons all in your backyard. Find an old tarp and throw a hose and dish soap on it to create your own slip ‘n slide if you don’t have one!

S’more Fun

Have a camp out at night with the kids and enjoy some yummy s’mores around the fire. Tell scary stories and see who can catch the most fireflies in a jar to make a bright lantern.

Search for Treasures

Throw a scavenger hunt for the kids to participate in with their friends or neighbors. Hide little goodies around with clue cards that describe where to go next. You can even make it into a treasure hunt if you want a prize at the end!

Off-roading Recreation

Take the family for a fun cruise down the trails or through the fields! The TRAVERSE™ Singlefold Edgeless Ramp is the perfect tool to help load your ATVs, dirt bikes, or other recreational vehicles into the back of your truck or trailer.

Movie Madness

Have a backyard movie night with a white sheet or garage door and projector. Create an ice cream buffet and popcorn station where you can add M&M’s, chocolate syrup, caramel, and other sweets. Throw blankets and pillows down to create a little comfy oasis before the film starts!

Rapid Races

Create teams out of your family and throw little competitions. See who is better at potato sack racing, Bocce Ball, bean bag toss, and more. Do timed sessions of each event to create excitement. It could be as simple as having a station to see who can throw a Frisbee the farthest, and then your child can run to the next station to potato sack race to the next challenge!

We hope that you love these ideas and try out a few with your family! For more information about our options to make those with limited mobility more independent, contact us today!

Introducing the Brand New EZ-ACCESS Website

If you haven’t noticed, our website got a facelift! Not only has its appearance changed but we redesigned it with our customers, meaning you, in mind! New features were created to give our customers a better and easier experience. Take a look at what features you can expect from our brand new website.

  1. Industries – It may have gotten a little confusing at times knowing where the products you were looking for lived within our last site but now we’ve better defined our industries. Our main industries include residential, commercial, recreation, industrial, with each having a set of categories within that will guide you in finding the right product for your needs.

 

  1. Easier Navigation – No one enjoys getting lost on a website, lucky for you that won’t be a problem with our easier to use navigation. Find just what you’re looking for in an efficient and understandable manner.

 

  1. Dealer Contact Form – We’re taking the guesswork out of finding an EZ-ACCESS dealer for you. All you have to do is fill out the Dealer Contact Form and we’ll get a dealer in touch with you to help meet your needs and find the solutions that best fit your application.

 

  1. The Support You Need – We understand finding what will work best for you and your needs can be overwhelming. No matter where you are on our website you’ll always have access to our chat support. They can assist, guide and direct you in whatever you may need.

 

  1. Lightning Fast – We’ve made some changes so our website is not only easy to use but it’s faster than ever. Forget lag times here or waiting for images to load, we’re not here to waste your time. Find just what you’re looking for quickly.

We’re excited to share our new website with you! Our goal was to provide a better user experience, help you find just what you’re looking for and assist in meeting your needs. Don’t take our word for it – visit our website today!