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Wheelchair Ramp Care & Maintenance

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Always push the person using the wheelchair up the ramp and always back the person down the ramp (should attendant slip or lose control, the wheelchair will roll back into the attendant and stop). Always use the lap belt.

Below are some more tips for the proper use and care of your wheelchair ramp. You can also click here to download our Safety Checklist.


For Power Chairs and Scooters:

  • Always use the lowest speed setting possible
  • Never go up or down the ramp in reverse or backwards
  • If you must change direction, proceed to the end of the ramp, turn around on a level surface and then proceed up or down the ramp. Do not back up a power chair or scooter

 

Special Caution for Rain, Ice, or Snowy Weather

  • Because ramps are inclined- rain, ice, and snow may cause slippery conditions
  • Use common sense and added caution before using a ramp when these conditions are present
  • Do not use salt de-icer. Always use liquid de-icer (we recommend Bare Ground De-Icer, available locally or from Amramp)
  • Do not use metal shovels. A broom or plastic shovel without metal edges is recommended for snow & ice removal
  • Use extra caution when the ramp is wet or icy. Avoid clogs and hard soled footwear. Sneakers are recommended
  • Keep the ramp clean and unobstructed. Make sure it is free of leaves, branches, decorations, debris, etc.

 

Normal Daily Usage

  • Never relocate sections or modify the ramp system
  • Do not use ramp to move furniture, freight, or items other than people in wheelchairs
  • Do not place electrical cords on the ramp
  • Ramps are not playgrounds– no skateboarding, no bare feet, no sitting on the rails. Do not allow small children to play unattended on the ramp
  • Pets with long nails can get stuck in the ramp mesh surface (we recommend using a runner or outdoor carpet)
  • Do not exceed 850 lbs. combined weight of client, wheelchair, and attendant. Call Amramp if client weight, caregiver assistance, or wheelchair changes and proper use of the ramp requires modifications
  • Do not use ramp if it has been damaged in any way- hit by car or snow plow causing misalignment. Call Amramp immediately if the ramp has been damaged. Periodically check the connection of the ramp to the property
  • Light the ramp area if neighbors walk near the ramp after dark

 

Scratches & Bruising of Finish

  • General usage of the ramp and stair systems may cause scratches and bruising of the finish. Touch-ups can be easily done with an exterior, Rust-Oleum grade enamel spray

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