Wheelchair Ramps: Amramp Provides Access in any Situation

Fire-ready? Elders’, wheelchair users’ lives depend on it

Posted on Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. © 2015 NFPA. 

For most of us, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week means making sure your smoke detectors are working. For people with mobility concerns and for wheelchair users, fire safety requires additional preparation and planning. Here are a few tips to help you – or those you care about – be fire-ready:

Fire-Ready Tip 1 – Develop a fire-escape plan so you know what to do. According to an NFPA survey, three-quarters of Americans have a home-fire escape plan, but more than half never practiced it. When crisis happens at home, work, or anywhere you routinely spend time, you don’t want to have to figure out what to do while in a state of panic.

In addition to evacuation routes, the NFPA Fire Prevention Week Campaign focuses on having fully operational smoke alarms in your home so that in the event of a fire, particularly one in the middle of the night, you are made aware soon enough to get out.

Amramp modular wheelchair ramp that a woman in Michigan used to escape her home during a fire; unlike a wood or aluminum ramp the durable steel Amramp ramp is completely in tact

Fire-Ready Tip 2 – If possible, plan for the possibility of not being able to reach your wheelchair. Amramp installed a modular wheelchair ramp for a woman who later suffered a fire in her home. She didn't have time to get to her wheelchair, so she held onto the furniture to make it to the front door. She was able to use the railings on the ramp to get to safety.

The Amramp modular ramp that was reinstalled after the fire

Fire-Ready Tip 3 – Invest in a wheelchair ramp and other equipment that will withstand high heat. In the case of the woman mentioned above, soon after she made it to safety, the aluminum front door melted. This is a dangerous failing of other ramps on the market that are made of aluminum or wood. In the intense heat of a fire aluminum melts and wood burns. Due to the durable steel that Amramp ramps are manufactured with, once they scraped the melted aluminum off, they were able to dismantle and reinstall the ramp at her new home the day after the fire.

Another Amramp client, who was a veteran, suffered a house fire in Hazelton, PA. He and his wife were able to escape using their Amramp wheelchair ramp provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Another man managed to escape his quickly engulfed home in Fair Oaks, NC, by using the Amramp modular wheelchair ramp provided by his church. His ramp was also dismantled and re-installed at his mother’s house right away after the fire.

Per design standards, wheelchair ramps are a “means of egress” in a fire and should be fireproof. Amramp modular ramps are made of the same steel used in fire escapes and provide a stable, fireproof exit in the case of fire. Contact Amramp for independent test lab data on ramp-fire safety.

Home fires killed an average of eight people every day in 2013; half of these deaths resulted from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. It is crucial to prepare yourself, your family, and your home so that you have the best possible chance to escape a fire should one occur. It is even more vital for wheelchair users and people with mobility concerns. 

For more information on how to prevent a fire in your home check out the NFPA website.

If you would like to learn more about Amramp’s fireproof modular ramp system

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

Please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center 888-715-7598 

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Amramp Philadelphia Transforms Pennsylvania Family’s Lives

Posted on Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Amramp Philadelphia teams with United Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida Association to benefit 4-year-old

4-year-old Nate testing out his new Amramp modular ramp

Four-year-old Nate can now get from his home into his Glenside, PA, yard, just like kids without Spina Bifida, thanks to grants from United Cerebral Palsy and the Spina Bifida Association. 

Nate has already been using the ramp to ride his motorized scooterboard up to our front porch and down to our front yard,” shared Nate’s mother, Jamie, “Now he just can’t wait to get his power wheelchair, and be able to get in and out of our house with it!”

4-year-old Nate testing out his new modular Amramp ramp

Nate’s parents, Jamie and Stephen worked with both UCP and SBADV to secure grants to fund the ramp and installation. The family then contacted Nick Marcellino at Amramp Philadelphia in June to ask if Amramp is willing to work with third-party organizations. 

We performed the evaluation and proposal; when the funds came through a month later, we got to work,” explained Amramp Philadelphia owner-operator Marcellino. 

Spina Bifida is a condition that occurs when the spine of a baby fails to close, creating an opening, or lesion, on the spinal column. This opening can lead to nerve damage in the spinal column, which then results in varying degrees of paralysis. 

Amramp’s patent-pending steel modular wheelchair ramp connects the family’s porch to the front yard, comprising two 4-foot-by-4-foot platforms and 25-feet of ramp. Amramp experts arrived at 9 a.m. and installation was complete in about a half-day, by 1 p.m.

SAM 1396 resized 600

Thank you so much to the two gentlemen who installed the ramp (and the other gentlemen who were there for the evaluation previously), who were so friendly professional, efficient, and were so good with interacting with our son,” said Jamie. 

Thank you to United Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida Association of Delaware Valley for their generous financial assistance to help make this possible. Thank you also to Nick and Joyce at Amramp, for all your work to coordinate the ramp evaluation, purchase, and installation. We appreciate all of you and the work you have done to help make this happen,” Jamie said. “We can't thank you enough for everything!”

Every ramp or accessibility product that we install is very meaningful to the Amramp team in all 45 locations across North America, because we know that our efforts are improving individual’s lives and their loved ones, too.

We just changed a little boy’s life and his parents for the better,” said Marcellino, “Very humbling.”

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

Please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center 888-715-7598

 

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