Monthly Archives: September 2015

Metal over Wood: Mold Awareness and Removal Tips

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We often think of mold as the minor nuisance that causes us to throw out a loaf of bread before we’ve eaten it all. However, mold is more than a minor nuisance. In fact, mold can cause a lot of serious health problems if it’s present in your home. Because September is Mold Awareness Month, EZ-ACCESS wants you to know about the dangers of mold, and what you can do to protect your home.

Where Mold Lives

Mold can live pretty much anywhere in your home, but is most common in places where there is plenty of moisture. That means mold can be found in places that leak, be it windows, roofs or pipes. Mold can also form on cardboard, tiles and on wood products, like wood ramps, for example. If you live with limited mobility and use an outdoor wood ramp, the ramp is at the mercy of the elements, and could be tracking mold into your home each time you use your wooden ramp.

Dealing with Mold

Inside your home, the first step in treating mold involves finding the source of the moisture and fixing it so the problem won’t return. After that, remove the affected area. Make sure to wear a facemask and goggles to prevent the mold from getting in your eyes. If the mold case isn’t severe, or can be scrubbed away, create a solution using half a cup of bleach, a quart of water and a little laundry detergent.

For individuals with limited mobility using wood ramps, the weather will continue to deteriorate the condition of your ramp, leading to a potentially dangerous situation. The simplest, and safest, solution is to get a new ramp. EZ-ACCESS offers a variety of metal ramps, many made with lightweight aluminum to allow for easy transport. Our ramps are designed to be used in all weather conditions, rain or shine, hot or cold.  Contact us to learn more about our ramp technology.

Using Home Furnishings to Improve Home Safety

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Home means a lot of things to a lot of people. For many of us, it is a place of safety and comfort. But, how do you make sure your home is still safe when you or a loved one is living with limited mobility? Fear not, because EZ-ACCESS is here to help. September is National Home Furnishings Month, and we’re here to provide you with ideas on how to not only keep your home stylish, but also add functionality and safety for individuals with limited mobility.

Door Threshold Ramps

For older homes, many doors may be difficult to access using a power chair, mobility scooter, manual wheelchair or other mobility aids. Door threshold ramps are an ideal solution that provide an easy transition between doors and other uneven surfaces throughout the home.

Portable Ramps

Individuals living with limited mobility are still as active as they can be, and that means traveling. Portable ramps from EZ-ACCESS are easy to carry and lightweight, but sturdy enough to withstand repeated use. While designed for travel, our portable ramps can also be set up at home to make entering and exiting your home easier.

Wheelchair Lift

A more permanent solution that can be installed in your home, wheelchair lifts make it easier to access porches and decks when there may not be room for another mobility solution like a ramp. EZ-ACCESS’ Passport Vertical Lift is designed for easy installation and can handle weights of up to 750 pounds to make sure your home is accessible, no matter how much space you have.

At EZ-ACCESS, it is our mission to provide accessibility solutions that make your home better and easier to navigate. To find out which ramp might be best for your home, please use our ramp selector tool. And, if you’re ready to make a purchase, you can use our dealer locator tool to find a vendor who sells EZ-ACCESS products near you.

 

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Your Home

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Mother Nature can be really unkind at times. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, be it a summer tornado or a blizzard in winter, the weather is unpredictable and can turn severe. During these times, it’s important that you have an emergency preparedness plan. In observance of National Preparedness Month, EZ-ACCESS is here to offer you tips that will help you prepare for when the skies get dark, especially if you have limited mobility.

Have a Plan

As simple as it seems, it all starts with having a plan. Make sure you have a plan in place for what to do if the weather turns severe. This plan should include communication, a list of who in your home is responsible for certain tasks, how to handle food (especially for individuals with dietary restrictions) and accommodating those with limited mobility.

Keep a Kit

An emergency preparedness kit is filled with batteries, blankets, flashlights, non-perishable food items and other important items. Individuals with limited mobility should consider having their own, specialized emergency kit, which can include:

  • Extra batteries for mobility scooters or power chairs.
  • A patch kit to repair damaged tires on mobility devices.
  • A lightweight, manual wheelchair to replace a damaged power mobility device.
  • Portable ramps to get around levels of the home.

Wait for Help

Unless the situation absolutely calls for it, you shouldn’t leave your home during a weather emergency. Even after the weather lets up, there may be damage to roads, downed power lines or other hazards that need to be handled by emergency personnel.

Knowing what to do in an emergency situation is important and can save your life. Be proactive, because having a plan now is much better than improvising later. To get the ramps you need to make sure your home remains accessible during severe weather, user our dealer locator tool to find a place to get your EZ-ACCESS ramp near you.

EZ-ACCESS Acquires Worldwide Mobility & Adds Line of External Vehicle Lifts

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

With the acquisition of Arizona-based Worldwide Mobility, family-owned EZ-ACCESS will add a line of external power vehicle lifts to its diverse offerings. Worldwide Mobility, headquartered in Mesa, Ariz., has been a manufacturer of the American-made scooter and power wheelchair lifts for more than 25 years.

EZ-ACCESS, celebrating its 30th year in business this year, will move the manufacturing of the popular line of lifts to its Algona, Wash., headquarters. The company anticipates adding additional employees and production space to meet increased demand.

The acquisition is also expected to mark the beginning of an 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 introduction of the PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift in 2014 and now the addition of external power vehicle lifts, we remain committed to offering our customers a complete line of products for all access solutions,” Everard said. “We are grateful for the years of loyalty dealers have shown us and believe that we can continue to build on our commitment as we expand our product offerings to help create opportunity for them.”

The external power vehicle lifts are designed to make the transportation of scooters and power chairs fast and efficient. The heavy-duty lifts feature simple installation and operation. They adjust to most vehicles and models of power chairs and scooters.

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, and GATEWAY™ Portable Wheelchair Ramps.

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.