Monthly Archives: September 2017

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?