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Handi-Treads Offer Safety and Security on College Campuses

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Many colleges have just a few weeks left of classes before students go home for the summer. Now is the time to think about and act upon pressing safety issues.

Among the issues will be talk of slips and falls among students and staff while walking to a building, dorm or restaurant on campus.  Furthermore, slips and falls have become such a hot topic that many universities (Purdue, UnionUniversity of West Florida, Princeton, etc.) have started to post signage asking pedestrians to report possible locations for slip and fall injuries.

Our research has shown many universities prefer to pay millions of dollars in construction costs to fix these slip and fall areas in hopes of reducing or preventing avoidable injuries.

But, why pay millions of dollars for construction permits, material, and time spent if there’s a cheaper and easier alternative?

Handi-Ramp, based in Libertyville IL saw a problem and created a solution.  Now sold worldwide, their product named Handi-Treads, are an inexpensive and easy to install solution for high risk slip and fall areas around your campus.

You may have seen, know about, or installed a non slip grit tape or grip paint to prevent such slips and falls; however the cons far outweigh the pros.  Handi-Treads are made from aluminum which is weather and corrosion resistant; grit tape and grip paint are not weather resistant, and although they do not corrode the composition degrades easily.

Handi-Treads can be mounted on your front stairs, and then moved and re-mounted on your rear porch, and moved again to your sidewalk with little effort and does not leave a sticky residue.  Grit tape and grip paint can be moved, but you’ll spend time scraping the remaining residue off the surface.

Handi-Treads are available in seven stock sizes and five finishes with custom sizes available.  Grit tape and grip paint are available to consumers in limited sizes and even more limited colors.  No custom size grit tape is available.

Non slip treads have been purchased and installed by dozens of community colleges and universities for many years, preventing not just the slip and fall but also the resulting injury or even death associated with it.

With campuses across the country thinning for the summer, now is the time to think about keeping students and staff safe year round with Handi-Treads.

To learn more or place your order, visit www.handiramp.com, call (800) 876-7267, or visit our Handi-Ramp Amazon store page.

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Handi-Treads Make a Great Spring Cleaning Gift

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As the first day of meteorological spring 2014 falls upon our nation, hundreds of thousands of people are still digging out of several 2013-2014 winter storms including #WinterStormAtlas, #WinterStormBoreas, #WinterStormCleon and #WinterStormDion.

According to The Weather Channel this morning, more cold air will move into the Midwest, East, and parts of the South regions early next week bringing the possibly of more winter storms.

With a much needed thaw covering much of our nation these past couple of weeks, what does this mean for the regions mentioned above? It means any standing water on city sidewalks, driveways and porch decks could freeze, leaving a slippery mess for people.

Did you know slips and falls cause more than 19,000 deaths in the U.S. annually (source Center for Disease Control)?

With Mother Nature’s relentless winter breaking snow records in New York City, frigid below average temperatures in Chicago, and near record breaking numbers for ice covering the great lakes (92%) it’s no wonder millions of Americans are fed up with this weather.

But as I stated earlier, more winter weather could invade our air over the next several days, leaving Americans to fend for both their safety and others against slips and falls when leaving their home.

To prevent this, we at Handi-Ramp have designed a permanent and inexpensive solution for this growing problem. Named Handi-Treads, they are made from aluminum measuring 3.75” wide by 30” long and are designed to be mounted on to any surface aimed at preventing such slips and falls. You may have heard of a non slip grit tape or maybe grip paint, right? Well, our tread would replace those useless products.

Manufactured with our unique raised-button surface, aluminum treads provided unparalleled traction regardless of weather conditions or mounting location. They are available in several varying sizes and colors to meet your needs, and come with a lifetime residential warranty so long as you maintain ownership of the property, and a one year warranty for commercial locations.

What’s more, if you decide a few years down the road that your mounting location was not the best choice, simply remove the tread and place it elsewhere – you won’t need to worry about scraping up dried glue from the faded tape.

We promise you will be satisfied with our product, and if not, feel free to return it for a credit! For more information about our non slip tread or to make a purchase, please call (800) 876-7267 or visit www.handiramp.com

For those of you located in Canada, please see our Amazon Canada products (http://tinyurl.com/pddawq5).

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Handi-Treads Made Available in Canada via FBA Program

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In the latter weeks of December 2013, Handi-Ramp sent off a shipment of non slip tread kits to an Amazon Canada fulfillment center with the goal of selling said tread kits to the citizens of Canada, saving them on the high cost of shipping and transit time.

Amazon FBA deliveryWhen Amazon first offered their Prime service at an additional cost in the United States in 2005, Amazon’s intention was to offer the customer a free 2nd day shipping upgrade by shipping the product(s) directly from their warehouses.  Also available is the ability to request overnight shipping for a discounted fee.

The Prime membership became so popular in the U.S. that Amazon expanded the program to another 6 countries; Canada in early 2013.  With Handi-Treads now available on the shelves of an Amazon FBA warehouse, what’s not to love?

Prime customers are able to place an order for our tread kits and within 2 business days will have their package delivered with contents carefully packaged.  Since the kits will already be in Canada, there’s no need for a customer to pay excessive shipping or customs charges, saving quite a bit of money.

This sounds great, but how will Handi-Treads benefit me?

Well, the most important reason is to prevent unnecessary slips and falls. There’s no worse feeling slipping on a set of stairs or a ramp and bruising a hip, breaking an arm, knocking out some teeth, or visiting the hospital.  Non slip aluminum treads have been tested and proven to outlast both non slip grit tape and grip without any special care or maintenance.  Prefer to move them?  No problem!  Our aluminum treads do not utilize a sticky residue, allowing you to simply unscrew the hardware included and lift.  That’s it!

Handi-Ramp has made purchasing tread kits in Canada hassle-free by offering them thru Amazon’s FBA program, saving time and money.

To learn more about our product, please visit our Amazon listings.

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Handi-Treads Officially Launches in Canada FBA

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After months of preparation and planning, non slip treads by Handi-Ramp are now officially available thru Amazon’s FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) Canada program.

What does that mean? For those current and potential customers located in Canada you no longer have to pay excessive shipping and handling fees to receive your product, or will you need to wait upwards of a week to receive your treads.

As of Friday, December 20th two listings became active on Amazon.ca in which Canadian residents are now able to purchase a 3 pack or 5 pack non slip treads, the hardware to mount them, and specific instructions (Handi-Ramp calls these "kits"). Each kit is available to be purchased thru the Amazon FBA program which offers customers free two day shipping with Prime membership, or overnight shipping for an additional cost.

Again, no longer will Canadian customers need to pay for the international shipping (which by the way does not include duties and taxes) and wait upwards of a week to receive their product. Now with one click, customers can purchase a kit and receive them anywhere in Canada within just a few business days!

Non slip treads are designed to reduce/prevent people from unnecessary slips and falls on wood surfaces (decks, porches, stairs, boardwalks, marinas, boat docks, etc). Treads feature our unique raised-button surface which creates the instant traction, saving family and friends from injuries and trips to the emergency room. Non-skid treads can be mounted in any weather condition and will not fade/peel like non slip grit tape or grip paint, which needs to be replaced every few months.

For any questions regarding the FBA program or how treads work, please call (800) 876-7267 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Keeping the Family Safe During the Holidays

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As we near the end of 2013, one thing is for sure: the year went by really, really fast.

I can remember sitting at the Thanksgiving table with the family, eating turkey, potatoes, and other dishes that aunts and uncles brought like it was yesterday.

But of course it wasn’t yesterday – it was almost one full month ago. Like I said, time flew very quickly this year.

And if you are one of the millions of people to host Christmas for your family this year, it’s not too late to safeguard your home from unnecessary injury, specifically outdoors.

The Weather Channel has indicated all week that both rain and snowstorms alike could cause many headaches while on the road, but fails the mention the dangers after pulling into the driveway. Now, don’t get me wrong – rain may not cause as much damage as one might think, but what happens when the air turns colder and changes the rain to snow? Now homeowners and property manages must shift their concerns to the ever-growing concern of a family member or close friend slipping and falling on the driveway without ever making it to the sidewalk.

To prevent such an accident from occurring, Handi-Ramp in Libertyville IL has created non slip aluminum treads designed to provide the additional traction one needs to safely walk, well, anywhere. The treads can be mounted to any surface in just a minute or two and does not require anything more than a hand tool or powered drill.

As I mentioned before, The Weather Channel indicates snow across much of the northwestern parts of the United States, and stretching eastward into New England.

No one wants to have an aunt, uncle or family friend slipping and falling before they make their way into the home. Protect them and yourself with non slip treads, and let the unparalleled traction speak for itself.

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Handi-Treads Close to Launching Amazon FBA International

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Since launching the Handi-Treads product in the United States during the late 1980’s, non slip treads have become somewhat of a necessity for preventing slips and falls anywhere (home, business, industrial area) anytime (hot summer days, winter storms, etc). Hundreds of thousands of these treads have been sold to home and business owners alike, trying to reduce unnecessary injury.

As sales began to pick up and refinements were made, people who bought them began to slowly spread the word about the product and how it’s helped them in daily life. Again more refinements and design changes were made to configure the tread to what it is today.

Sales began to really pick up in the last decade when multiple size and color choices were offered as a stock product (and not custom), removing any limits set to customers who couldn’t use the standard size. Not long after, potential customers outside the United States began to take notice of our product via online searches, specifically Canada.

Sadly, high shipping costs deter many customers who can utilize the non slip treads which forces them to look elsewhere.

Until now.

Through a partnership with Amazon Canada, non slip treads will be sold in kits of 5-and-10 packs via Amazon’s FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) program. What does this mean? Simply put, it will allow Canadian customers to finally purchase the aluminum non slip treads without paying an arm and a leg for shipping. Amazon will stock this product in a warehouse of their choosing, which opens the door for a 2 day shipping average anywhere in Canada. This partnership will now cut down both the shipping cost and transit time – the two biggest factors when making a purchase.

Our non slip treads will be sold as kits compromising 3 or 5 treads, screws, and instructions to make installing the treads a breeze. Those north of the border no longer have to worry about high costs or long waits.

The Hand-Ramp FBA program is slated to launch near the end of November. For more information, please call 847-247-2351.

 

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Utilizing HandiTreads Safety for Purposes in Metal Fabrication

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What would you do if your facility fabricated metal parts and the excess metal shavings created a safety hazard on multiple stair ways?

Our customer located in the state of Washington owns a metal fabrication company that makes metallic composite parts for the aerospace industry. They purchased HandiTreads nosings to cover the edge of the stairs leading up to various equipment which is used in the metal fabrication process.

Prior to adding Handitreads the fine metal fibers would affix themselves to the bottom of shoes and be transferred throughout the complex, including stairs. When these workers walked up to a machine platform the metal shavings would pose a slip, trip and fall near these steps.

After adding HandiTreads nosings to the edge of the stairs, the added traction of the non slip surface made for a better grip. Workers were able to go about their workday without worrying about slipping or falling.

HandiTreads work well in any metal fabrication industry, where metal pieces and shavings can lead to a slippery outcome. Any small power or shaving of any kind in an industrial setting or manufacturing facility can pose a safety issue.

HandiTreads come in a variety of colors and in standard widths and lengths. Nosings and treads can be made to fit custom sizes. Nosings protect the edge of the stairs, whereas treads protect the top of the surface that you step on. In this case the customer wanted to protect the edge more than the tread of the stair.

If you work in a metal fabrication facility or any other industrial setting where you work with powder or shavings consider adding HandiTreads as a slip trip fall preventative. Call a HandiTreads expert to order treads for your facility at 800-876-RAMP (7267).

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Preventing Injuries During Strong Winter Weather

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As weather experts have been stating for a day now, the calendar may have turned to October, but winter storms are already heating up. The Northern Plains, especially west of Casper WY could be socked with 12-18” of snow between now and Friday, with anywhere from 3” to 12” within a 100 mile radius of Casper.

Let’s face it: most of the country is used to snow. Chicagoans remember 2011 when 22” fell in just 12 hours, the blizzard of 1888 when up to 58” of snow fell, and the Storm of the Century in 1993 among others.

But what happens when just a little bit of that “s” word begins to affect everyday life, and furthermore causes injury? Snow can be a beautiful weather phenomenon, but when it begins to stick on sidewalks and pavement, causing ice to form it can be dangerous.

As luck would have it, a company in a Chicago suburb has successfully designed and manufactured an inexpensive product that works to prevent persons(s) from slips and falls while walking on snow and ice.

Named Handi-Treads, they are made from 100% aluminum preventing the tread from rusting in harsh weather conditions and standing up to whatever is thrown at it. Unlike non slip grit tape or grip paint, treads require little maintenance and last three times as long, saving you annual replacement monies and giving you peace of mind. Installed in just seconds, treads are available in seven stock sizes with custom sizes available.

Purchase your treads today and see how Handi-Treads can help you.

 

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HandiTreads Can Aid in Stadium Safety

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Ah, the sights of bare trees and the sound of leaves rustling on the ground. These are the senses many of us pick up on as the weather seasons slowly change from a warm, humid summer to a fresh, cool fall.

This is also the time of year where popular high school, college, and pro sports begin to pick up; this includes cross country, golf, and volleyball. But there’s an even bigger sport worth mentioning: football.

Thousands of fans will flock to their local high school, college campus, or major city to watch their favorite team take the field in hopes of a victory. At times this can be a nightmare for the local police underestimating the crowd capacities, dealing with the heavy beer drinkers, or providing adequate security and accessibility to those simply wanting to enjoy the game.

Organizers may not realize it, but many fans are often injured when trying to navigate themselves to their seats in the bleachers. The weather can also play a large role if windy, rainy conditions are present making it difficult for fans and volunteers alike to perform any tasks.

To prevent this and all but guarantee safety, Handi-Ramp has developed a product that is not only weather resistant to water, ice, sleet, snow, and hail but lasts for years. Named HandiTreads, they are aluminum pieces that feature a unique raised-button surface not found anywhere else. These buttons (or dimples) provide anyone the additional traction needed when stepped on. As an added benefit, the treads are available in 7 different sizes with 5 finishes per size – that’s 35 different options!

Mount the treads to wood, concrete, or aluminum – it doesn’t matter! Treads can be affixed to any surface with the option to later move the tread if necessary.

Searching for quality, low-priced safety products for your stadium’s safety doesn’t have to be hard. Every color and size is available anytime, whenever needed.

For any questions related to how treads can make your stadium safer, please call our specialists at (800) 876-7267.

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Slip and Fall Lawsuits Targeting Businesses on the Rise

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What if you were told the number of commercial lawsuit claims has jumped over 50% since 2008, and many of these locations are paying out without a proper investigation?

Sadly, this is true. And it continues to rise.

Many businesses, including retail stores and warehouses are targeted more frequently by a team who target an easy location (slippery floors, unsafe walkways or stairways, etc) and use it to their advantage.

As mentioned above, many companies do not conduct a thorough investigation, but instead pay out the injury claim.

At the present time, there are not many solutions for preventing this ‘slip and fall’ act. Some say installing and maintaining CCTV cameras in hopes of catching the offenders committing this fraudulent act. Others suggest installing signs and other warning for both customers and employees.

But what if there was a cheaper solution; one that blends in with the walking surface and prevents slips and falls at the same time? They are called Handi-Treads and feature a unique raised-button surface that provides additional traction wherever and whenever needed. Manufactured near Chicago IL these non slip treads are perfect to mount onto any surface including wood, concrete, masonry, and even aluminum.

Many of us also know one size does not fit all. That’s why treads are manufactured in 7 different sizes and 5 different finishes for each size. That’s 35 different options!

So the next time you consider ripping up your flooring to prevent such slips and falls, consider an alternate solution with non slip Handi-Treads.

For any questions or concerns, please contact our tread specialists at (800) 876-7267 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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HandiTreads Used Indoors to Help with Balance on Stairs

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 When customers purchase Handi-Treads, their initial intentions are to mount them outdoors where weather and other natural occurances take place, deteriorating stairs or structural area. However, that changed when oOne of our customers liked the tread protection so well they purchased our new 9" nosing line and mounted them indoors.

Regaining Balance with HandiTreads

Often as we get older in life our balance fades. In this case, our customer was battling balance issues due to plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot. Walking down stairs can be particularly painful and dangerous, and installing carpet would have been too expensive.  Also, available for purchase is non slip grit tape and grip paint, but both options need to be replaced frequently.

Thank You for the HandiTreads Referrals

Many of our customers such as the one in this article are writing to us to thank you for the wonderfully engineered non slip product. Other prospective customers have seen HandiTreads and called us because they were so impressed with the design and performance. Many thanks to all of you who have been loyal repeat and new customers over the years. Your support is appreciated.

 

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Heat Waves Spar Injuries, Slips and Falls

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This week marks a pivotal first few days across the continental United States with record setting heat bringing low 100-degree temps from Phoenix creeping north into central Idaho and the remaining parts of the country feeling mid to high 90s.

Thousands of news stations across the country will provide tips for staying hydrated during the heat wave and avoiding strenuous activity. But what about the hidden dangers, specifically slips and falls in and around your home, in a park, or at a public building due to the exhaustion from the heat?

As this heat wave spreads cross country, millions will take to their beaches, theme parks, local pools, cooling centers, shopping centers or other indoor locations that might offer a reprieve. Keeping these guests safe becomes the tricky part.

Even with the warm temps or high humidity, the risk of injury is there. Among them is the risk of a slip and fall which could cause serious injury or even death. Preventing slips and falls should be the number one safety precaution that any establishment pursues as it can potentially save thousands of dollars in lawsuits.

A quick search online via Google, eBay, or Amazon shows a variety of non slip products including rubber pads and grit tape. Sadly, none of those are economical due to their short lifespan and accompanying expense.

Handi-Ramp in Chicago has designed a better option for those wanting to prevent such slips and falls, and it starts with their treads. Made of aluminum, they feature a raised-button surface which creates the traction. At just 1/8” thick and seven in-stock sizes available, it’s hard to go wrong. Simply mount the treads onto any surface and within minutes you’ll have a safer area to walk in.

Safety always comes first and even in the heat of the summer with the scorching hot temperatures, slip and fall accidents can happen. Don’t be a casualty this summer. Take precautions.

 

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Bowling Alley Owners Looking for Slip and Fall Solution

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Suppose it is Thursday night. It’s your weekly bowling night with the guys at the local lanes. The weather outside is low 30’s with a chance for snow around the second game. That’s ok, you say. You’ll take your smoke break after the first game is completed and take a little more time than normal.

You step outside and begin to walk alongside the building away from the door when your bowling shoe (which has no under-sole traction) slips on a section of sidewalk and you go sprawling. The butt hits first, followed by an already sore back and head.

Your head is pounding, your back is in pain, and you can’t smoke let alone return to the alley for the remaining two games.

 

Now what?

For bowling centers trying to keep their guests safe and insurance costs down, and bowlers not looking to injure themselves before during or after a match, there is an inexpensive solution – install aluminum non slip treads by Handi-Ramp.

These treads are made from 100% aluminum material, alleviating any worry about weather corrosion or salting. Treads are available in seven stock sizes with an option for custom sizes (additional charges will apply). Installing the treads on concrete is very easy, pre-drilling holes (use the tread as a template) then inserting concrete-specific anchors into the holes once the tread is in place, then hammer.

Aside from the seven stock sizes, there are four colors available for each size offering a variety of choices for your need. Treads are always in stock and most orders ship same day with options for expedited shipping.

To purchase your treads today, or speak with an expert about how they can benefit you, please call (800) 876-7267 or visit handitreads.com

 

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The Hidden Need for Custom Treads

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With the colors and size variety of non slip treads that Handi-Ramp offers, it’s sometimes easy to forget those “other” sizes that are also available – the custom size.

Many times customers look to mount the treads in a larger space, requiring treads longer than our regularly stocked items. To help this, we are able to offer custom tread sizes based upon a customers need.

What is the price you ask? Well, they differ depending on the size required. Just this year, the DuPage County Forest Preserve called with a need to cover a boardwalk that stretched through their land.  Cyclists and hikers were constantly slipping and falling on the boardwalk when it became icy or wet.  HandiRamp was able to manufacture 10 foot long treads and have them powder coated black (which was what the customer preferred).

Most custom treads take just a day or two to manufacture, of course depending on the size and quantity. Furthermore, we can powder coat the treads to match a color required (up to two weeks needed for the process).

Please contact a non slip tread expert today to learn more about a custom order by calling 847-680-7700 today!

 

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Preventing Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

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Slip, trip, and fall accidents make up a large proportion of industrial accidents, and cause serious injuries in homes across the country. While it may seem simple to just “watch where you’re going,” people living or working in areas with a high risk of slip, trip, and fall accidents can use other, more surefire measures to keep themselves safe.

Preventing injuries at work

Slips, trips, and falls make up 15% of all general industry workplace accidents, second only to motor vehicle crashes for accidents that cause sprains, strains, back injuries, fractures, and contusions. Besides the physical impact of these injuries, they can slow down work projects, cause stress at home, and are costly. The average slip, trip, or fall injury costs about $28,000 in medical expenses.

  • Appropriate signage can be one of the most effective ways to prevent injuries. Knowing the type and location of hazards is vital to avoiding injuries.
  • In addition, report all slips, trips, and falls whenever they occur, even if no-one was injured. This allows employers to make accurate safety audits and protect employees from future accidents.
  • Install non slip treads which prevent slips and falls on stairs, ramps, and other walkways.Treads are available in a 48” width and five different finishes.

Outfitting your home
Falls are one of the leading causes of accidental injury in the U.S. They cause an estimated 8.9 million emergency room visits annually. Unfortunately, older citizens (65 and above) are five times more likely to be treated for fall-related accidents. Two locations highly-associated with slips, trips, and falls are stairways and bathrooms.

  • Keep your stairs free from clutter and maintain fresh treading. Many injuries can be prevented by installing ramps or handrails. You can also place slip-resistant rugs or treading on stairs. If you have carpeting on your stairway, make sure it’s attached firmly.
  • Outfit your bathrooms with non-slip mats and handrails. The bathroom is a slippery environment with hard surfaces, so just one fall can cause severe injury.
  • Keep bathrooms and stairways well lit at all times. Night and wall lights can reveal hazards and prevent someone from misjudging a step.
  • Install non slip treads which prevent slips and falls on your walkway, porch area, or basement stairs.Treads are available in a 30” width and five different finishes.

What if I do fall?

Things to do if you fall:
-Tuck in your chin and turn your head
-Twist or roll your body to the side
-Keep wrists, knees, and elbows bent
-Protect your head with your arm
-Land on as much of your body as possible to distribute the weight of the fall
-Never try to break or soften your fall with your hands.

Check out this Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention Quiz to test your knowledge and stay safe!

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Non Slip Treads – Great for the Cold and Icy Canadian Climate

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It’s still icy cold in Canada – perfect for non slip treads, whereas Chicagoans are finally celebrating the 54 degree temps that have swung to our neck of the woods in time for Easter. Meanwhile, in some regions of Canada it is still a bitter cold 9F, including Toronto where blustery, icy weather still mingles. These conditions, while imperfect and far from ideal weather are perfect for our non slip HandiTreads. HandiTreads help beat the ice and cold on stairs by increasing traction.

Snow on treadsHandiTreads provide traction with a unique, proprietary button surface on even the most slippery surfaces including stairs, ramps, and other inclines. Our non slip aluminum treads they are superior to other non slip treads because they will never fade or wear out, saving you money by annually replacing grit tape or grip paint. Non slip treads are easy to install and come with a lifetime residential guarantee.

Can I get HandiTreads in Canada? Are they available?
Each week our company receives multiple freight quote requests to Canada regarding our treads, and much of the time sales are lost due to high international shipping costs or long transit. For a solution, both Handi-Ramp and Amazon have been in talk’s to send our plain aluminum non slip tread (item no. NST-100) to a fulfillment center in Canada in hopes of reaching those potential customers and grow awareness about our non slip tread product. With the help of Amazon or another distributor in Canada we will be able to ship to Canada at a lower cost.

To follow this story or learn more call HandiRamp at 800-876-7267.

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Non Slip Treads – Great for the Cold and Icy Canadian Climate

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It’s Still Icy Cold in Canada in Spring – Perfect for Non Slip Treads

We are celebrating the 54 degree weather a few days before Easter. Meanwhile in some regions of Canada it is still 9 F. They say that winder lasts until May in Toronto, which is perfect for our product HandiTreads. HandiTreads help beat the ice and cold on stairs by increasing traction.

HandiTreads Provide Traction with a Unique Proprietary Button Surface

Handitreads’ one-of-a-kind raised button surface provides traction on even the most slippery surfaces including stairs, inclines and ramps. Because of the deep grooves provided by these treads they are superior to other non slip tread products due to the longevity and little maintenance needed. They are easy to install and come with a lifetime residential guarantee.

Can I get HandiTreads in Canada?

For the last few months, both Handi-Ramp and Amazon have been in talks to partner and sell our plain aluminum non slip tread (item no. NST-100) from an Amazon fulfillment center in Canada. The Canadian fulfillment center will reach customers not available now and grow awareness about slips and falls and how our non slip tread product can benefit them.

Keep checking back to see the latest update regarding our partnership with Amazon, or call our customer service department at (800)-876-7267.

 

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Slip-And-Fall Cases Tough to Make in Michigan Courts

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Slip-and-fall lawsuits once were a staple for injury attorneys. But they’ve become extremely tough in Michigan courts, due to a strict standard set by the state Supreme Court.

The court’s conservative majority raised the bar last summer in a case involving an Upper Peninsula woman who fell outside a health club in Ironwood. The court said Charlotte Hoffner was aware of the ice and wasn’t forced to enter the club. Four justices said property owners can’t be expected to absolutely ensure everyone’s safety.

As a result, courts across Michigan have more reasons to dismiss slip-and-fall lawsuits. Detroit-area lawyer Mark Bernstein says he’s been forced to turn away clients. He says slip-and-fall cases tied to weather represent just 2 percent of his firm’s work, compared to 20 percent in the 1990s.

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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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