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Handi-Treads Keep Nature Preserve Guests Safe

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Imagine walking through a nature preserve, admiring its beauty and lack of street noise.  You come up to an area with a wooden staircase leading down to a pond.  One foot is planted on the top stair, then a second foot.  Before you take another step, you are losing traction, slipping off the stair.  By instinct, your arms reach out to grab a handrail or anything sturdy enough to keep from falling and causing serious injury.

You miss the railing and fall down a couple stairs, sending pains down your side.  Now your day is ruined because of a slip.

Non slip treadsThis is a true story from a woman in eastern Pennsylvania who suffered a bruised hip as a result of the fall.  As a result, the nature preserve immediately took action to ensure this would not happen again, and after weeks of research found our company, Handi-Ramp.  The nature preserve, after working with our sales department, purchased over 20 of our non slip treads designed specifically to prevent falls.  Most of the treads were custom (measuring 3.75” deep by 64” long) and were mounted on a long wooden platform (pictured).  Additional treads were installed at other various locations around the preserve, including the problematic stairs.

A few months after installing them, a woman on vacation in PennsyNature preserve treadslvania from Chicago saw our non slip treads mounted on those same wooden stairs and was quite intrigued.  You see, this woman was on the board of her condo and had been searching for a solution for slippery steps and ramps and had almost given up.  Upon a closer look she saw a phone number and upon returning home, she called the number was delighted to find out that the company who held the patent on the tread and manufactured them was mere miles away. She stopped in that day, picked up a sample and brought it to her condo board.

About two weeks later, her board ordered several hundred treads. In a follow up phone call she expressed how pleased she was with the product and how helpful our staff was.

Our non slip treads are designed for any application, regardless of weather conditions.  Wood stairs, boat docks, and concrete ramps are the most common surfaces that become slippery.  To order your treads today, please visit us online or call (800) 876-7267 to speak with a tread expert.

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Winter Storms Threatening the Safety of Residents

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As I was reading the latest updates concerning my local weather this morning, I noticed a couple articles mentioning “déjà vu” as the latest winter storm Rocky passed through my hometown of Chicago yesterday covering the area with a blanket of snow with some areas getting upwards of 13”.


Today, as I continued to track Rocky’s progress, it was supposed to hit northern New York State with up to 12”, with lower New York and north/northwest Pittsburgh with up to 8”. Considering Rocky brought 3 deaths along its devastation burying Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri, and will hit the southern states with tornado threats and heavy rain, it’s a miracle more deaths haven’t been reported.


I mentioned earlier the articles touched on déjà vu due to another winter storm that hit the Midwest and plains last week, requiring the Kansas and Missouri officials to declare states of emergency. Add in Rocky, and its one heck of a mess.


The devastation of back to back snow storms is evident – thousands of flights canceled, vehicle crashes resulting in loss of lives, interstate closures, and plows working day and night attempting to bring their cities back to a little normalcy.


On the home front, it was highly suggested by state officials that people stay home, out of the storms path. Instead of sitting in a classroom, students and teachers alike took advantage of the snow day sledding with family and friends or playing a board game. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the dangers lurking on their stairs, sidewalks and driveway – ice.


With the heavy snowfall and dipping temperatures, much of the underlying snow will turn over to ice, making shoveling or grocery shopping a hidden danger. Many local hardware or convenience stores will offer salt or a similar means of removing the icy surface, but not only is it temporary but harmful to the environment.


As a result, Handi-Ramp based in Chicago has designed a revolutionary product that will not only reduce or eliminate the need for salt, but allows a product to remain mounted to the problem areas year round. They are called Handi-Treads. These non slip treads are manufactured in 7 different stock sizes with the option for custom sizes, and 5 different finishes.


Fortunately, Handi-Treads are designed to be utilized not only in icy conditions, but snow and rain as well. Because they are 100% aluminum, the chances of corroding when subjected to harsh conditions is slim to none.


The non slip treads feature Handi-Ramp’s raised button surface which is safe when wearing shoes or barefoot. Other notable features include pre-punched holes for quick, easy installation and hardware that is powder coated to match the tread(s) of your choosing.


Before the next winter storm arrives (Saturn? Triton?) be sure to install the non slip treads on your stairs. All of the sizes (excluding custom orders) are always in stock and ready to ship at a moments notice. With our location in the Midwest, there isn’t a coast line that’s more than three days’ transit (excluding weekends/holidays).


To find out more information about how non slip treads can work for you, please call (800) 876-7267 (RAMP) to speak with our tread experts.

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Falls are the Seventh Most Common Cause of Death

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According to the National Safety Council in the NSC's recently released 2012 edition of Injury Facts®. One of the charts in this book depicts the odds of dying from various causes based upon an analysis of deaths in the US in 2008.

You can see this chart here.

The chart starts with the fact that everyone will die, it then lists the most frequent causes of death, the most frequent are:


  1. 1 in 6 people died from Heart Disease
  2. 1 in 7 people died from Cancer
  3. 1 in 29 people died from Stroke
  4. 1 in 98 people died from Motor Vehicle Incidents
  5. 1 in 109 people died from Intentional Self Harm
  6. 1 in 126 people died from Unintentional Poisoning And Exposure To Noxious Substances
  7. 1 in 163 people died from Falls
  8. 1 in 321 people died from Assault by Firearms
  9. 1 in 368 people died as a Passenger in a Car
  10. 1 in 701 people died as a Pedestrian
  11. 1 in 761 people died as a Motorcycle Rider
  12. 1 in 1,103 people died from Accidental Drowning
  13. 1 in 1,344 people died from Exposure to Smoke, Fire and Flames
  14. 1 in 4,381 people died as a Pedalcyclist


Many of these statistics were not surprising, heart disease, cancer, stroke and motor vehicles all seem to be in line with reasonable expectations (if one can have a reasonable expectation about death and dying). I was very surprised by number 5, I would never have guessed that the fifth cause of death in 2008 was Intentional Self Harm, which I guess in government speak is suicide. Just under 1 percent of deaths in 2008 were from suicide, wow that is much higher than I would have expected. The seventh most common cause of death was from falls, which the government typically includes falls from a different level (stairs, ladders, and the like) and falls on the same level, which most of us think of as slips and trips.

Of course this "deaths from falls" number is the tie in to this blog. 0.6% of the people that died in 2008 died as a consequence of a fall. Putting this in perspective with other causes of death:

  • You are twice as likely to die from a slip and fall injury as you are from firearms assault.
  • You are almost seven times more likely as likely to die from a slip and fall injury as you are from drowning.
  • You are eight times more likely to die from a slip and fall injury as you are from a fire.
  • You are 27 times more likely to die from a slip and fall injury than you are from riding your bike.
  • You are 500 times more likely to die from a slip and fall accident than you are from exposure to hornets, wasps and bees.
  • and finally,
  • For every 3 people that died from a motor vehicle accident, 2 died from a slip and fall accident.

The most interesting thing about this is that we can all take actions to reduce the number of slip and fall accidents and actually save lives.

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The Cost of Falling, and the Cost of Handi-Treads

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With the current state of the economy, people simply can’t afford to miss work, especially due to an injury. Approximately 25,000 people go to the hospital every day as a result of a slip and fall accident and 65% of all lost workdays are due to slip and fall accidents which results in 95 million lost workdays per year. These injuries can produce some expensive medical bills, with the average cost of a slip related injury exceeding $12,000. Although slipping and falling is more common among older individuals, these injuries can happen to anyone in almost any environment.

Most people buy a home security system after a burglary has taken place, and the same can be said about individuals who fall and then buy non-slip safety products. Handi –Treads™ are specifically designed to prevent slipping and falling in any environment, and can be installed in minutes on almost any surface. The average cost for a Handi-Tread is about $10 while fall related injuries can produce a medical bill in the thousands.

Handi-Treads are a simple and cost effective way to make any hazardous environment a safe one. Preventing one fall or even a missed day at work will enable Handi-Treads to pay for themselves instantly. Handi-Treads are available in standard sizes to fit your stairs, handicapped ramp, or slippery walkway, but these treads can be manufactured in custom sizes and colors to fit your individual needs and environment.

Medical care, insurance, and any other health related expense has been steadily increasing for years, which puts more stress on staying healthy. The statistics relating to slip and fall accidents are extremely alarming and clearly show the need for products such as Handi-Treads. Installing treads is such a fast, simple, and cost effective safety precaution that there is no reason someone should slip and fall. The best way to prevent an accident is to take action before it happens.


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