Ensuring that curbs and handrails are adjusted to an appropriate height and dimension can relieve those in wheelchairs from unintentional injury or hazard when using the facilities or in the proximity. If curbs are too high or handrails are non-existent on ramps, there is a higher likelihood to potential injury when the areas are wet, covered in snow, or in general with added foot traffic. To avoid the potential for injury, reducing sharp curbs and installing handrails can ensure added safety measures.
Reducing Sharp Curbs
Reducing sharp curbs means filing down the edges of curbs that are too high or are at sharp angles that could hurt someone in a wheelchair while riding over them or turning the corner. When a curb is too sharp or intense, it can easily cause damage to the wheelchair itself and result in unnecessary injury to the operator of the wheelchair. We can help reduce sharp curbs by adding warning signs that they’re present so that wheelchair users are aware of them, or we can reduce them entirely with a smoother ramp transition.
Smooth movement around the wheelchair ramp can be enhanced with the use of softer curbs and secure handrails. To ensure smooth movement, curbs should be marked or integrated into the rest of the infrastructure where the ramp is aligned with the flat ground. This is to avoid having wheelchair users roll over the curbs, fall from their wheelchairs, or hurt themselves if they were unable to see a curb there. Likewise, smooth movement is also jeopardized when secure handrails aren’t available to provide balance when a wheelchair-bound ramp user is in need of extra support while elevated.
Safety handrails can be installed to fit your existing wheelchair ramp or to accommodate a new one. Safety handrails are strongly encouraged by the ADA guidelines for safe wheelchair ramps and the size and height of them are determined by how big and wide the wheelchair ramp is. We follow the handrail guidelines set out by the ADA to ensure maximum safety and code standard. We use opt to use materials that are timeless, low-maintenance, durable, and long-lasting. These typically include wrought iron, stainless steel, or other forms of metal which are reliable for balancing weight of those that need the added support when using the ramps or walking along the handrails. Our safety handrails are drilled and secured in place safely, to also avoid wobbly or loose handrails that don’t provide as much support.
Curbs and handrails are intended to enhance security measures, not compromise them. If you find that your existing curbs or ramps are not safe enough for everyday use, they should probably be updated or given some general maintenance. We help achieve this with our expertise and will look for solutions to your particular predicament to ensure that your curbs and handrails are safe and durable. Often times, curbs may need to be repaired or adjusted, while handrails may need some new installations, stabilization, or a new finish.
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