Access ramps for the disabled

Posted on 28 March 2010


More buildings are investing in the installation of wheelchair ramps to make these facilities available to those who cannot use stairways. The need for the ramp has increased to the growing number of people who need the aid of walking equipment to move from one place to another. The process of installation is fairly easy. The process only gets complicated when dealing with residential areas that have restricted space. This mostly happens with the older houses since the ramp was not a requirement during construction.

The regulation governing the installation of wheelchair ramps are not as strict as those ones governing this installation in public places. Each area has its own set of codes to consider in the event of successful installation of a ramp. Make sure that you follow regulations to the tee if your ramp is to be approved by a state expert. These rules dictate location and construction techniques.

Regardless of the rules governing the construction of ramps in your location, always make sure that the ramp is not made using slippery material. If it is an outdoor ramp, it should not accumulate any water on its surface. The position of the hand rail and its height are very crucial. If the direction of opening the door is towards the landing then you should consider changing the swings.

A ramp will give you service depending on the type of maintenance you invest in it. If you do not frequently maintain the wheelchair ramp it will be more of a risk than a beneficial tool. Unattended ramps are very risky. Repaint and reseal wooden ramps to keep rot at bay. You will also be able to prevent other factors from compromising the safety of the ramp. After the passage of time, you will be required to fit a ramp with material that will lessen skidding. Secure the fittings!

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