Winter Tips: Ramp and Sidewalk Safety
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Published on January 8, 2018
Winter is upon us and harsher than ever this year! Chilly temperatures are leaving us to contend with ice and snow. Yes, it indeed is beautiful when it first falls, or you see evergreen trees almost frozen in time. But, it also makes everything slippery which creates an unsafe environment for everyone, especially those with mobility disabilities. Here are a few simple tips that will help you keep your ramps and walkways clear and ice-free this winter.
We know this seems obvious and many of us are skeptical of the weather person’s hype of winter weather coming. However, it is essential to be ready for any weather that is forecasted. Get the products needed beforehand so that you have them handy and can start the safety procedures as soon as possible. Not to mention, if you wait too long, stores may be sold out of the winter safety products you need.
Stock up on Ice Melt, Salt & De-Icing Products
Ice melt, salt, and de-icing products are important in preventing falls and slippery surfaces. They are a low-cost way to give yourself and your loved ones some peace-of-mind during the winter season. There are even pet friendly options so that chemicals are left behind in your pet’s paws.
Choosing the Right Ice Melt
As a homeowner, you want to be sure the products you use on and around your home won’t damage it in the long-term. Check out the chart below, put together by Consumer Reports, to get a better idea of what type of ice melt you should choose.
Choosing the Right Winter Shovel or Broom
In terms of winter shovels, metal may be stronger than plastic, but that also means that your sidewalks, ramps and other surfaces are catching the brunt of that strength. Rubber and plastic shovels are safe and effective enough! Get yourself a high-quality shovel, and you’re good to go!
Another great product we recommend for your ramps is household push brooms. A push broom is just as simple to find. Push brooms are recommended because they are softer and less harmful to your surfaces, the larger brush head makes pushing snow a breeze.
More Information on Ramps
We are available to answer any questions you may have about your existing ramps. If you’re ready to purchase a ramp for your home, give us a call today at (610) 518-2221 or use our online contact form to discuss the home modifications that will make your living space more comfortable. Have family temporarily staying with you? No problem at all, we have an extensive rental program available for ramps and other accessibility products.