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Why You Need a Wheel Chair Ramp

Thu 17 Dec 2009 - 10:15

Why You Need a Wheel Chair Ramp
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Ljiljana_Anicic]Ljiljana Anicic

A wheel chair ramp is almost as important as a wheel chair itself. Without this ramp, people with disabilities who are using wheel chairs don't have the accesses to most places where they wish to go. If there is just one stair, they cannot pass them. That is a huge problem for people who are in that situation. That is not the case just with public buildings, that do not have proper ramps, but that could be right in front of their houses. Without help, they cannot go anywhere.

That is why a wheel chair ramp is so important for normal life of people with disabilities. No matter what kind of ramp someone chooses, and we will mention few of them, it is important that it provide a solid and safe surface for driving. It is also important, for adequate stopping distance, that ramp have a 5' straight and level surface at the bottom.

A wheel chair ramp made of lightweight, heavy-duty aluminum material is perfect because they are made of sections, which are easy to set up, to expand if needed and to tear down, too. These aluminum sections are very easy for storing because they take small space and that is why you can easily transport them wherever you need them. Aluminum surface is non-slip and non-rusting surface, which is important for safe use.

Wheel chair ramps made of steel sections and platforms that simply bolt together is usually for permanent installation but you can replace them from one place to another, if needed. Because, the steel is strong and rust resistant material, it is for permanent use, and designed to withstand water, freezing and thawing, impact and fire, it makes this type of ramp the best solution.

Ramps that are very important and are for placing the wheel chair into and out of the van are made of aluminum or expanded metal, which are strong and durable construction. The way that they are folding adjusts to the door on the van, side or rear door.

A portable ramp is another kind of ramp that is specific and made to be lightweight and easy to carry with you. They are maybe light weight but still strong and can be used permanently or temporarily. They are available in single fold style, multi fold, track style and ramps for traveling.

Be aware that all this types of ramps built for easy access to your house, office and other places, came with handrails systems or are sold separately but anyway, they are simple to install and remove and recommended for ramps that are over 6" in height. It is for your safety, so think about it.

When you are buying a ramp it is important to look for those approved by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) because that way you will know that you are safe. [http://www.motorized-wheel-chair.org/Wheel-Chair-Ramp.html]Wheel Chair Ramp is almost as important as a [http://www.motorized-wheel-chair.org/]wheel chair itself. Without it, people with disabilities don't have the accesses to most places where they wish to go.

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