Ensuring that your workplace is accommodating to those with mobility restrictions is essential in creating a welcoming and secure atmosphere. By following these guidelines from EZ-ACCESS, you can limit potential accidents and ensure the safety of your team.
- If you work in an office and have clients or employees who use wheelchairs, ensure that they can move through the building easily. Not only should all offices come with accessible bathrooms and specialized parking spots but doorways and entryways must also be properly sized to the ADA suggested 36-inch width to allow maximum mobility access.
- To ensure safety for all of your employees, light switches must be readily accessible. Switches can be mounted from 15 to 48 inches, however, the ADA recommends an ideal height of 40 inches for maximum efficiency. Not only does this help individuals using powered wheelchairs but it also provides additional convenience for employees carrying heavy equipment. When installing light switches, avoid using toggle switches that require substantial finger force. Instead, utilize plate rocker switches that only need a minimal amount of force to successfully operate.
- For offices that have multiple floors, ensure that your building has a working elevator that fits within the ADA guidelines. These require visible and verbal signals to indicate which car is available as well as the direction and when it has reached the designated floor. The door must also remain fully opened for at least three seconds and the communication device in the elevator must not be more than 48 inches from the floor.
By following these guidelines, you can create a safe and productive working environment for your employees. To further enhance mobility access on-site, EZ-ACCESS has a full line of modular ramps to provide additional benefits for your team.
At EZ-ACCESS, we are here to help you choose the best wheelchair ramp pathway for your home. Our innovative products can fit almost any yard or home, and our expert installation will ensure your wheelchair ramp will last for years to come. Today, we’re going to share a few of the things to keep in mind while selecting the best pathway for your home:
Before our experts arrive, check your home’s property lines to ensure that your wheelchair ramp doesn’t overlap your neighbors’ yard, lawn, sidewalk or drive. If you must overlap the sidewalk in front of your house, call the city first to make sure you won’t get a fine for doing so.
When our dedicated team comes to your home for installation, the first thing we do is help to determine the best access point. Which door do you want to go in and out of every day? What entry has the most width? The last thing you want is to feel cramped going in and out of your own home, so be sure to choose an area that has plenty of space for you to move around.
You don’t want your wheelchair to slip on wet leaves or other debris, so aim to avoid placing your wheelchair ramp under any trees. If possible, position the ramp underneath an awning or porch so it won’t become slick when it rains or snows. Sunlight exposure is also good, as it can quickly dry your wheelchair ramp after a storm, as well as more easily melt the snow.
We’re all about helping our customers increase their mobility. If you or a loved one have difficulty getting around, don’t wait until there’s an accident. Find a nearby EZ-ACCESS dealer today to come out and help you make your home safe and accessible!
The summer is heating up which means the risk of heat stroke is on the rise. Those who are in wheelchairs are at an even higher risk for heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke. If not prevented, a heat stroke can leave a person with vital organ damage and can even be fatal. EZ-ACCESS wants to help you understand how to prevent heat strokes to protect yourself while using your wheelchair during the hot summer months.
Avoid the hottest part of the day – If you are planning to head outside, it is important to do so at the appropriate time of day. Schedule your outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day such as the early morning or late evening. Stay in air-conditioned buildings during the hot hours of the day.
Stay hydrated – Staying hydrated is important for anybody who plans to be outside in the summer. It is import to drink plenty of water before, during and after you spend time in the sun. If your body is properly hydrated, it will be able to cool itself off in case you start to overheat. Avoid soda and alcohol as these drinks can quickly lead to dehydration.
Keep a caregiver close – It is important to make sure someone is with you or knows you are going outside. Having someone close can help remind you to drink water and get you to those cooler outdoor spots, like shade under a tree. Also, in case an emergency did happen, a caregiver would be able to properly and promptly be able to help if you are unable or unconscious.
Remember, if you ever feel dizzy, headachy, muscle cramps, weakness or nauseas get out of the heat and cool down as soon as possible. If you have shortness of breath, hot/dry skin, chest pains or feel confused, call 9-1-1 immediately.
EZ-ACCESS hopes you enjoy your summer staying safe and cool in your wheelchair! Check out our website for more information on our portable mobility ramps and wheelchair storage equipment!