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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).

Please leave any comments below about HandiTreads and how you’ve used them in your plant or facility.

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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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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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