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Winter Wheelchair Ramp Safety Tips

Nathan Colburn Education

With the temperature dipping and the Denver area seeing two light dustings of snow already this fall, many who rely on wheelchair ramps to enter their home have begun to worry about how to stay safe when snow and ice begin to collect on their ramp. Slick conditions on your ramp can make leaving home difficult and unsafe for those with mobility issues. However, preparing for these conditions before the snow begins to fall can help keep you safe and prevent injuries.

It is important to consider the material that your ramp is made from when it comes time to have a ramp built for your home.

Aluminum Ramps

By far the easiest type of ramp to care for and maintain during the winter, and year-round in Colorado is an aluminum modular ramp. These ramps require little upkeep and keeping them free of snow and ice is easier than with other types of ramps. Brush away the snow every few hours to keep your ramp clear and scatter cat litter on it for added traction.

Wooden Ramps

While these ramps require a little routine maintenance, they are a beautiful addition to the front of your home that provides you the accessibility you need. It is important to seal your wood ramp annually. During winter, avoid using salt or ice melt chemicals on your wood ramp. These chemicals can damage the surface of your wood ramp.

Concrete Ramps

The concrete ramps installed by Accessible Systems of Denver are finished with a unique broom finish that helps keep the concrete from becoming slick during times of precipitation. As with a wood ramp, avoid using salt or ice melt chemicals on your ramp. Striping can be applied to concrete steps to aid in visibility for those who have poor vision or difficulty with their depth perception.

Deciding which ramp is right for your home can be challenging. There are many variables to consider when it comes to choosing the right ramp. The direction your home faces, the location of the ramp, how often it will be used and if you or your family members will be able to maintain the ramp. Our experienced and knowledgeable team can help you determine the best ramp type for your property and the right configuration of your ramp. Contact us via the form below or call us at 303.693.7787.