At EZ-ACCESS, our top priority is safety. Since 1984, we have been looking for ways to improve the safety and usability of mobility ramps, platform lifts and mobility accessories. For this reason, we want to put the warning out there that not all mobility ramps are created equal and even safe mobility ramps can be unsafe if incorrectly installed. Hopefully, talking about unsafe ramps will get people thinking about how to make their community more accessible.
Requirements of Mobility Ramps
First, let’s cover the important characteristics of a safe mobility ramp. The five specifications listed are requirements that businesses must meet in the United States, and residential customers should use as safety guidelines:
- Slope – The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that all mobility ramps must have a 1:12 slope ratio or an inch of rise for each foot of wheelchair ramp length.
- Flat Areas – ADA also requires a flat surface of 5’X5’ at both the top and bottom of the mobility ramp.
- Width – ADA requires mobility ramps to be at least 36 inches wide across the full length of the mobility ramp.
- Handrails – ADA requires there to be handrails on both sides of mobility ramps.
- Turns – The ADA allows for no more than 30 feet in a single run without a turn or resting platform.
Now that we know what to look for in a safe mobility ramp, let’s see if we can pick up where these businesses went wrong in their decision to be more accessible. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Wheelchairrampsandaccessfromhell to see if you can identify which of the five mobility ramp safety guidelines were not followed in the construction of these mobility ramps.
If your business is in need of an ADA compliant mobility ramp, check out our Titan Modular Access System. If you need a safe mobility ramp at home, check out our PATHWAY Modular Ramp System.