Monthly Archives: March 2015

10 Reasons to love the Passport Vertical Platform Lift

love the passport vertical platform lift

Even though everyone claims they don’t have a favorite, you know they do.  We aren’t afraid to admit that we love all our products, but we are a little more in love with the Passport® Vertical Platform Lift.  With its sleek design, easy operation, lightweight frame and enchanting safety features, who wouldn’t love the Passport!

  1. Lightweight Lift – Coming in at a slim 380 pounds, the Passport® Vertical Platform Lift is the lightest residential platform lift on the market. That’s 300 pounds lighter than most comparable vertical platform lifts!
  2. Prewired for your Convenience – Both the lift tower and gate come prewired so that the Passport Vertical Platform Lift is extremely easy to set up. Just plug in and start it up!
  3. Tested and Approved – This Vertical Platform Lift has passed its tests and carries the ETL Listed Mark for safety.
  4. DC-Powered – The Passport is DC powered and can complete about 30 cycles!
  5. Amazing Strength – This VPL can lift up to 750 pounds, almost two times the weight of the entire lift!
  6. Comes when you call – Using the Call-Send control with a mushroom-head design for your convenience, you can easily make the Passport come to you from top or bottom of the landing!
  7. Go wireless – It even offers a wireless remote to operate the Passport Vertical Platform Lift from inside your house or in the car!
  8. Super safe – The Passport comes with a variety of safety options such as the platform safety rail, interlock system, top landing gate and safety pan weather guard.
  9. Weather Strong – With waterproof controls and arctic-rated greased screws, the Passport Platform Lift controls will not erode and can handle wide temperature ranges.
  10. Ready for anything – The Passport Vertical Platform Lift has several power options including DC power and manual lowering capability through a hand crank.

Do you own a Passport Vertical Platform Lift or carry them through your home accessibility store?  Let us know what you love about the Passport by leaving a review at on the Passport Vertical Platform Lift product page today!

TRANSITIONS Threshold Ramps for a Home in Transition

transitions threshold ramps

Do you fear change?  Many of us do, which is why we created a line of products that makes the transition to an accessible home extra smooth.  For a home in transition, what could be more perfect than the TRANSITIONS® product line from EZ-ACCESS?  Let us tell you what’s so special about this line of home threshold ramps and how they can benefit you!

5 Unique Threshold Ramps

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Ramp – Supporting doorways up to 5 7/8 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, this modular entry ramp features a smooth path from door to ramp.  Use the Modular Entry Ramp with a sliding glass door 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 unique because of its beveled edges which make it ideal for areas with cross traffic.

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

NEW TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Plate – The TRANSITIONS Angled Entry Plate is our latest addition to the TRANSITIONS line.  It offers a simple design requiring no adjustments and extremely easy setup.

5 Family Traits of the TRANSITIONS

Seam-free Surface – Every TRANSITIONS threshold ramp is completely seam-free, making them extremely safe for mobility users.

Attractive Design – Many of us want every element of our home entry to look natural and attractive.  The TRANSITIONS products are all designed with this in mind, available in several materials to match the décor of your home.

Slip-resistant and Durable – The surface for all TRANSITIONS threshold ramps offer an extruded design for exceptional traction.

Easy Setup – Keeping the end user in mind, we have designed all TRANSITIONS threshold ramps to include only a handful of steps for setup.

Portable – Each TRANSITIONS threshold ramp is also lightweight and easy to transport from one entry way to another.

EZ-ACCESS knows that safety starts at your front door and we want to offer every opportunity for you or your loved one to enter and exit their home easily.  Let EZ-ACCESS help you find a home accessibility dealer in your area to evaluate your home for safety and comfort today!

 

Vertical Platform Lift or Mobility Ramp: How to Choose

modular ramp or vertical platform lift

At EZ-ACCESS, mobility users or caregivers often ask us which home accessible solution is best: a vertical platform lift such as the Passport Vertical Platform Lift or a modular ramp such as the PATHWAY Modular Access System.  The answer depends on many factors like space, upkeep and budget.  Before you make any quick decisions, go through these questions:

  1. How high up is your porch, deck or front entry?

What is the distance between the upper landing of your entry and the ground?  The rise will affect how high the vertical platform lift will need to go or how long your modular ramp will need to be to stay within the ADA Standard Ratio of 1:12.  Once you determine how high your rise is, you’ll have a better idea of the space needed for a modular ramp.

  1. Where would your modular ramp or vertical platform lift lead out to?

You’ll need to consider the terrain and make sure you have enough room to park a car and safely navigate to the ramp or lift entry.  You will also need your ramp or lift to entry to be on level, sturdy ground, preferably not in the middle of your lawn.

  1. Who would keep the ramp or lift clear from the elements?

In certain parts of the country, you may need someone to come clear your modular ramp of snow, ice or leaves.  If you choose a vertical platform lift, will it be in an area that snow, ice or rain will not cause a problem?

  1. What is your budget?

How much will budget affect your decision?  Typically, a modular ramp system costs less than a vertical platform lift, but a modular ramp may not be the best solution for your home.  If funding is a concern of yours, visit our Funding Sources page to learn about financing available by state or category.

Deciding on the best home accessible solution can be complicated.  This is why EZ-ACCESS has a customer service team available at 800-451-1903.  You can also use our Dealer Locator tool to find an expert in your area that can evaluate your home accessible needs.

So, the Passport Vertical Platform Lift has the ETL Listed Mark – What does that mean?

ETL Listed Mark Vertical Platform Lift

If you’ve explored the EZ-ACCESS webpage for the Passport Vertical Platform Lift, you may have noticed verbiage and a logo declaring the Passport as ETL Listed.  Unless you are a retailer, distributor or local inspector, you most likely have no idea what ETL means.  Here are 4 things you need to know about the ETL Listed Mark and what it means for our Passport Vertical Platform Lift:

  1. What does the ETL Listed Mark mean? – The ETL Listed Mark means that the Passport Vertical Platform Lift has been test by the NRTL and found to be in compliance with all national recognized safety standards for platform lifts and stairway chairlifts as well as elevator and escalator electrical equipment.  It also means that this product will continue to receive periodic follow-up inspections to guarantee that EZ-ACCESS is maintaining the highest level of safety for the product.
  2. Who is NRTL? – National Recognized Testing Laboratory is operated by OSHA and tests products such as the Passport Vertical Platform Lift against 200 safety and performance standards.
  3. How can I verify when a product is ETL Listed Mark? In addition to the ETL Listed Mark logo displayed on the product, there is a seven-digit number which you can use to look up the official Authorization to Mark from Intertek.  Here is the Passport’s Authorization to Mark.
  4. Why did EZ-ACCESS pursue the ETL Listed Mark? Your safety is our absolute top priority and we want your total confidence that our Passport Vertical Platform Lift is tested and proven to be one of the safest wheelchair lifts on the market, and will continue to remain a safe option for mobility users.

We stand behind our Passport Vertical Platform Lift and recommend it as the best solution for mobility users in need of access to a raised deck or porch.  Watch for next week’s blog article when we cover how to decide between a mobility ramp or a vertical platform lift for entry into your home or business.