Category: EZ-ACCESS® Ramp

How to Maintain Your Modular Ramp this Winter

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Investing in modular ramps are a crucial component to aiding individuals affected by disabilities as well as providing important on-site industrial access. However, harsh weather can wear down vital pieces. This winter, don’t let snow and ice damage your system. With these key steps from EZ-ACCESS, you will be able to ensure longevity and protect your mobility investment.

Step 1: Prevention is Key

Prior to expectant snowfall, anti-icing chemicals can provide additional safety. Often used on roads, these solutions are applied to concrete and metal surfaces before snow or ice accumulation to prevent potential buildup.

Step 2: Keep it Clear

Snow buildup can cause your modular ramps to become slick and dangerous. Ensure the surfaces are clear and free of snow and ice by shoveling or sweeping the snow. Next, apply magnesium chloride, or rock salt, to the ramps and platforms.  This will help melt the snow and prevent slippage. To stay on top of the weather, always sweep your ramps even after a light dusting of snow. Doing so will help prevent dangerous buildup.

Step 3: Take Advantage of Powder Coating

In order to further defend your access equipment from snow and ice damage, EZ-ACCESS offers powder coating options. This spray powder produces a much thicker coating then conventional liquid and ensures that your valuable investment has additional protection. Available in black, brown or tan, the coating is easy to blend in with your home or business’ architectural style and still provide you with the elemental protection you need.

Winter provides ample opportunity for snow and ice damage to your modular ramp system. Utilizing these steps can help combat the weather and ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. For more information on how EZ-ACCESS can help provide mobility assistance for the upcoming months, contact our team today.

 

4 Portable Ramps to Make Accessing Holiday Gatherings Easier

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With the winter months fast approaching, so are the coming annual celebrations with your friends and family. If you have a loved one with mobility restrictions, consider trying one of these four portable wheelchair ramp options this holiday season.

  • In the Suitcase® Singlefold AS Ramp , you will find one of the most user-friendly portable Suitcase ramps on the market. By removing the hinge pins, it can easily separate into two lightweight sections with usable handles. This portable option is also compatible with the Top Lip Extension for additional convenience and comfort.
  • For a light, durable ramp use the Suitcase® Singlefold GF (Graphite Fiber). Made of glass reinforced graphite fiber, this ramp is fitted with a non-protruding hinge so that it can be easily transported. Available in five sizes, and featuring a non-slip surface, this ramp makes the perfect tool to assist guests at your upcoming holiday party.
  • If you need immediate access, the Suitcase® Singlefold Ramp has got you covered. Created from lightweight aluminum, it features an easy-to-carry design. The ramp features a slip-resistant tread perfect for combating winter weather.
  • The largest portable ramp from EZ-ACCESS, the Suitcase® Trifold®  AS Ramp features a unique 3-fold design. With an added slip-resistant surface and self-adjusting bottom plates, this ramp is perfect during large scale family gatherings. It can also serve to help haul heavy holiday decorations too!

At EZ-ACCESS, we know that the holidays deserve to be shared with everyone. To learn more about portable wheelchair ramps for your home, contact our team today.

Choosing an EZ-ACCESS® Ramp over other Aluminum Ramps

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If you or a loved one is considering installing an EZ-ACCESS® aluminum ramp system, make sure you speak with us, the experts at EZ-ACCESS®.  Installing an aluminum ramp system can increase your independence and mobility in and around your home. Some people may choose to take a more inexpensive route by choosing to purchase used aluminum ramps.  Today, EZ-ACCESS® would like to help you highlight some reasons why a used aluminum ramp may not be the best solution for your home.
You can go on websites such as eBay and Craigslist for your area and research aluminum wheelchairs ramps for your home, but BUYER BEWARE, these ramps may not be fit and designed for your home or layout.  Also, you may not know how safe they are to use based on if the ramps were used correctly, how much weight was on them every day, if they were maintained and most importantly, or if all the hardware and parts come with it.
EZ-ACCESS® aluminum ramps are constructed from the highest quality aluminum that doesn’t deteriorate, lose any structural supports or oxidize. These examples are more great reasons to choose an aluminum ramp system from EZ-ACCESS®.
Another concern to be aware of, if you’re still considering purchasing used equipment, is how much flex, or warping, has affected the structure of the aluminum ramp.  If the ramp has been misused, the structure may not be level, may not support you or your wheelchair and may not line up properly with your home.
Let us at EZ-ACCESS® properly evaluate your home to determine what type of aluminum ramp system would work the best for your needs, your home and most of all your wallet.  EZ-ACCESS® is here to help provide you with the best aluminum ramp system that your neighbors will be jealous of and to provide a safe aluminum ramp system that you can use every day.
Please contact us at EZ-ACCESS® today with any questions regarding our portable or threshold ramps or Pathway® Modular Ramp System.

Protecting You & Your EZ-ACCESS® Ramp Against the Snow

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At EZ-ACCESS®, we understand that all of our clients that use our great line on aluminum mobility ramps deal with different climates and weather conditions.  Most of America has cooled down and are prepping for the holiday season.  Every winter, a majority of states deal with snow removal and walking, or rolling on sidewalks and mobility ramps. Today, EZ-ACCESS® would like to provide you with easy steps to keep your EZ-ACCESS® aluminum ramp system clear of snow and ice, so you can carefully enter and exit your home with no problems.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one-third of older adults who suffer a fall will suffer severe injuries, including fracture and head injuries, which can limit their independence and increase the risk of death. At EZ-ACCESS®, we hope you can use our great line of aluminum ramps with no hassle or injuries at all. See how you can best use your EZ-ACCESS® ramp during the colder, winter months:

  • Ice melt can be used to break up thick chunks of ice that may have melted from other areas around your home. The downside is that it can leave a white, chalky residue behind that is hard to wash away and it damages your lawn.  Purchase extra-coarse, non-clumping cat litter at your local hardware store. Cat litter acts as additional traction on slippery surfaces and doesn’t leave the chalky residue behind. When the snow melts in the spring, the pet litter can be swept or washed away. 
  • Using a broom on your EZ-ACCESS® ramp would help reduce scratching or damaging it with a metal or plastic shovel.  A hard bristle broom and a sunny winter day can help the snow on your EZ-ACCESS® ramp slide right off without damaging the floor of your ramp. 

Please let us at EZ-ACCESS® know how we can better serve you during the winter season with any of your questions or concerns. Happy Holidays!