June is National Safety Month which gives us a reminder to stop and assess our surroundings and make adjustments to make sure everyone has safe wheelchair ramp access at your events and facilities, especially the elderly and people with disabilities at graduations, special events, parks and recreation areas.
For event coordinators or facility managers, to provide safe access for attendees and speakers alike it is important to follow the guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for a safe pathway to avoid slippery ramp situations. The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) provides similar guidelines for all Federal Government owned and leased buildings and facilities.
How to Avoid a Slippery Ramp
The Amramp non-slip open mesh surface works in rain, ice and snow. To avoid a slippery ramp, avoid surfaces that may get slippery after a rain storm such as aluminum, concrete or wood. Amramp provides a non-slip surface with an open mesh that allows the moisture to pass through and prevents puddles, and reduces the possibility of dangerous ice film or mold forming on the surface. Amramp modular ramps are the Original Slip Resistant Ramps with a special grip surface that make it inherently non-slip. Wood, aluminum and concrete are solid surfaces which allow moisture to accumulate and become slippery and dangerous.
How to Make a Ramp Safer
Amramp follows the ADA/ABA requirements that all ramps that are more than six feet long or more than six inches off the ground have handrails on each side of the ramp.
Avoid a Ramp That is Too Steep
According to the ADA, the ramp slope should measure 1 foot of length for every inch of rise. For example, if the dais is 36” above the ground, an access ramp should be 36 feet long.
The ADA requires a 60” turning radius at doors or top landings, when the ramp turns, and at ramp landings. This is typically a 60”x60” for landing or when turning 90 degrees, and can be 96”-120” x 60” for 180 degree turns depending on the width of the ramp.
Amramp is the Green Choice
When planning your event, turn to your local Amramp Accessibility Experts to design an easy, affordable solution to make any event or venue ADA/ABA compliant, accessible and green. Our ramps are rentable, recyclable and reusable. They are made from 100% recycled and recyclable steel. Even after years of productive use, when our ramps are no longer needed, they can be easily re-used by someone else, rather than dumped in a landfill.
Amramp delivers and installs the ramp for you. If you choose to rent the ramp we will uninstall and remove the ramp after the event with no damage to your structure or grounds.
Amramp accessibility experts offer quick installation and products that are designed to promote aging in place while meeting ADA/ABA/UFAS standards as applicable, bringing new meaning to staying “safely at home”.
Amramp installs residential and commercial accessibility ramps throughout the US and parts of Canada at businesses, residences, schools and institutions. Amramp is the leading company in the United States specializing in modular steel wheelchair ramps, offering sturdy, customizable ramps for disability access that enable the aging and disabled population to fully access the community with independence and mobility.
Amramp is the Original Slip Resident Ramp
The Amramp surface offers a raised gripping pattern to make Amramp the most slip resistant ramp available, PLUS Amramp adds a special Amramp-grip coating to the ramp surface. This coating contains a disbursed particle that feels like sand paper. This all adds up to making Amramp the most slip-resistant ramp available.
Residential Ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long term needs without damaging the structure or grounds as they are not a permanent modifications. Amramp wheelchair ramps comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) and are available for sale or rental with no minimum time frame and no ramp size restrictions.
Amramp provides a full line of accessibility solutions, including wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, grab bars and safety railings and more to keep people safe at home.
For more information about Amramp, or to schedule a free evaluation, please call 888-715-7598 or visit our website at www.amramp.com.