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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 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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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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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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