Let’s face it: a ramp that’s meant to improve accessibility can quickly become a dangerous hazard when it gets slippery. When the weather takes a turn for the worse, or debris accumulates, an otherwise safe pathway can become a treacherous obstacle course.
It’s no big surprise that a device as simple as a ramp can have profound impacts on a disabled person’s quality of life, providing independence from the challenges posed by stairs. In fact, 7% of Americans face serious ambulatory difficulties, making any amount of un-sloped elevation change a far cry from a walk in the park. Unfortunately, all too often accessibility infrastructure itself becomes disabling, especially when exposed to the elements. So, in the interest of having Thanksgiving with Grandma in her dining room instead of the ICU waiting room, it’s essential that the proper precautions are taken in order to prevent a debilitating slip and fall.
In this blog post, we will explore strategies to Stop-the-Slip on outdoor ramps that ensure the independence of those with disabilities, whether it be yourself or a loved one. So if that applies to you, keep reading! The team at HandiTreads is here to help with ideas for slippery ramp solutions!
The Importance of Making Ramps Non-Slip
Now that we’ve discussed the solution, we should expound on why it’s so crucial to make your outdoor ramps non-slip. As earlier implied, it’s not just about convenience; it’s a matter of safety and well-being, both for you and your loved ones who rely on the ramp.
The most apparent reason for ensuring your ramp is non-slip is to prevent injuries. Slip and fall accidents can have severe consequences, particularly for individuals with disabilities. Broken bones, sprains, and other injuries can lead to extended hospital stays and long-term complications. For some family members who may be older and/or immunocompromised, each trip to a hospital is like playing Russian roulette. The goal is to avoid these accidents altogether, and non-slip treads are a proactive way to achieve that.
Independence and Confidence
For individuals with disabilities, a non-slip ramp is more than just a safety measure; it’s a source of independence and confidence. It allows them to move about their daily lives with less reliance on others. Knowing that they can navigate the ramp without fear of slipping empowers them to take charge of their mobility and be active in a society that, all too often, does not account for their needs.
Peace of Mind for Caregivers
If you’re a caregiver for someone who uses a ramp, the safety and well-being of your loved one are likely always on your mind. By making the ramp non-slip, you can have peace of mind, knowing that you’ve taken all necessary precautions to keep them safe and independent.
Slippery Ramp Solutions
Whether it’s rain, snow, sleet, ice, or even fallen leaves, a slippery ramp poses a severe threat. Every time you or your loved one uses the ramp, you’re putting yourself at risk of a nasty fall, not to mention potential injuries. It’s a situation no one should have to endure.
The good news is that you don’t have to live in constant fear of slippery ramps. There are solutions out there to help you transform your outdoor ramp into a safer and more secure pathway. The key is in making it non-slip, and one of the best solutions available is HandiTreads Deck and Ramp Treads.
The Ultimate Slip-Proof Solution
HandiTreads Deck and Ramp Treads are specially designed to address the very issues that make outdoor ramps so dangerous. These treads provide an affordable, permanent solution to slip and fall hazards on all types of outdoor decks, patios, and landings. They’re the absolute best anti-slip product for wood ramps in particular.
Non-Slip and Durable
The HandiTreads Ramp and Deck Treads are made of no-rust aluminum, ensuring that they can withstand the elements and won’t deteriorate over time. This means they’ll keep your ramp safe for years to come.
The patented raised button surface on the ramp and deck treads offers superior traction in virtually all environmental conditions. This is especially crucial when dealing with rain, sleet, snow, dirt, ice, or those pesky fallen leaves that accumulate on your ramp. These treads grip your shoe orfoot, providing instant traction, so you can confidently move up and down the ramp, regardless of the weather. They’re perfect for gripping onto wheels as well, with a low enough profile for easy passage whether you’re on a scooter, in a wheelchair, or a helper pushing the wheelchair.
One of the best things about HandiTreads non-slip ramp treads is how easy they are to install. It takes just seconds to transform your slippery ramp into a safe space. You don’t need to be a DIY expert or hire a professional to get the job done. You’ll have your ramp secure and non-slip in no time.
Variety of Colors
HandiTreads Deck and Ramp Treads come in four popular deck colors: Chestnut Brown, Java Brown, New England Gray, and Obsidian Black. You can choose the one that best matches your outdoor décor, making your ramp both safe and stylish.
If you live in an area where snowfall is common, HandiTreads Ramp and Deck treads have you covered. These treads are designed to retain traction and dispel up to an inch of snow when stepped on. Plus, unlike other anti-slip products, you can use a plastic snow shovel to remove deep snow from Deck Treads without fear of damaging them. This feature ensures that your ramp remains safe and accessible even during harsh winters.
A slippery ramp doesn’t have to be a source of stress and danger. With the right solution, you can transform it into a safe and secure pathway for you or your loved one. HandiTreads Deck and Ramp Treads offer a reliable, affordable, and long-lasting way to make your ramp non-slip, even in the harshest weather conditions.
Investing in these treads is not just about safety; it’s about ensuring the independence and confidence of individuals with disabilities. It’s about providing peace of mind for caregivers and fulfilling legal and ethical obligations.
So, whether you’re dealing with a slippery ramp or wish to prevent one in the first place, HandiTreads are your Stop-the-Slip solution. Don’t wait until it’s too late—take action now to ensure a safer, more accessible life for you or your loved ones. Visit our shop and choose the color that best matches your outdoor space, or check out our Stop-the-Slip Configurator if you need help figuring out where to start. Make your ramp non-slip and start enjoying a worry-free, more secure lifestyle today.