Prepare Your Ramp for the Coming Winter

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Winter can be wildly unpredictable as even the US's Southern regions can be hit with a snowstorm. While you winterize your property, be sure to give your ramp some attention to make sure it's in the best shape possible before the weather conditions worsen.

To prepare your ramp for the season ahead, here are some tips based on your region.

Northeast United States: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont

  • Fall cleanup is the perfect time to check your ramp to ensure it is still in good condition. Check the ramp to make sure any Celebration™ Footer Pads are still correctly placed under legs, that the landing pad is still level and securely under the ending of the ramp, that no bolts or nuts are on the ground around the ramp. If you have any concerns about the stability of your modular ramp, call your National Ramp dealer.
  • As the colors of fall start to appear, keep them off your ramp! Wet leaves can cause slippery conditions that can be difficult even with slip-resistant decking. Use a leaf blower or stiff broom to keep your ramp free from debris.
  • Purchase a snowmelt product that is safe for your home ramp material before the ice and snow starts falling.
  • If any tree sap has landed on the ramp, clean it off with a rag soaked with a bit of acetone nail polish remover, adhesive remover, or mineral spirits.
  • If you have an open-mesh Triumph Series™ steel ramp, check your ramp for any scratches in the powder-coated finish. Paint over any scratches immediately to prevent rusting.
  • If you haven't sealed or painted your Victory Series™ wooden ramp yet this year, be sure to do so before the weather worsens.

REMINDER – Always exercise extreme caution when using a ramp in inclement weather.

Southeast United States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia

  • Fall cleanup is the perfect time to check your ramp to ensure it is still in good condition. Check the ramp to make sure any Celebration™ Footer Pads are still correctly placed under legs, that the landing pad is still level and securely under the ending of the ramp, that no bolts or nuts are on the ground around the ramp. If you have any concerns about the stability of your modular ramp, call your National Ramp dealer.
  • After an active hurricane season, even if your wheelchair ramp has Hurricane Tie-Downs, repeated, intense weather may have caused your ramp to shift out of position. Call your dealer if your ramp suffered any damage, or if it feels loose or unsecured.
  • If any tree sap has landed on the ramp, clean it off with a rag soaked with a bit of acetone nail polish remover or mineral spirit.
  • If you have an open-mesh Triumph Series™ steel ramp, check your ramp for any scratches in the powder-coated finish. Paint over any scratches immediately to prevent rusting.
  • If you haven't sealed or painted your Victory Series™ wooden ramp yet this year, be sure to do so before the weather worsens.

REMINDER – Always exercise extreme caution when using a ramp in inclement weather.

Midwest United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska

  • Fall cleanup is the perfect time to check your ramp to ensure it is still in good condition. Check the ramp to make sure any Celebration™ Footer Pads are still correctly placed under legs, that the landing pad is still level and securely under the ending of the ramp, that no bolts or nuts are on the ground around the ramp. If you have any concerns about the stability of your modular ramp, call your National Ramp dealer.
  • Preparing your handicap ramp for an intense winter may look different depending on your ramp. If you have a Liberty Series ™ aluminum or Victory Series ™ wood solid decking ramp, you may wish to stock up on your ramp-safe snow melt products or purchase an outdoor rug to expedite the snow removal process.
  • If you have an open-mesh Triumph Series™ steel ramp, check your ramp for any scratches in the powder-coated finish. Paint over any scratches immediately to prevent rusting.
  • If you haven't sealed or painted your Victory Series™ wooden ramp yet this year, be sure to do so before the weather worsens.

REMINDER – Always exercise extreme caution when using a ramp in inclement weather.

Pacific Northwest: Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

  • Fall cleanup is the perfect time to check your ramp to ensure it is still in good condition. Check the ramp to make sure any Celebration™ Footer Pads are still correctly placed under legs, that the landing pad is still level and securely under the ending of the ramp, that no bolts or nuts are on the ground around the ramp. If you have any concerns about the stability of your modular ramp, call your National Ramp dealer.
  • While the anti-slip surface of the Liberty Series™ aluminum ramp will help keep you safe, if you wish for extra support when you need to be on your ramp during heavy rainfall, you can reinforce the anti-slip surface with a textured spray paint from your local hardware store.
  • As the colors of fall start to appear, keep them off your ramp! Wet leaves can cause slippery conditions that can be difficult even with slip-resistant decking. Use a leaf blower or stiff broom to keep your ramp free from debris.
  • If you have an open-mesh Triumph Series™ steel ramp, check your ramp for any scratches in the powder-coated finish. Paint over any scratches immediately to prevent rusting.
  • If you haven't sealed or painted your Victory Series™ wooden ramp yet this year, be sure to do so before the weather worsens.

REMINDER – Always exercise extreme caution when using a ramp in inclement weather.

Southwest United States: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming

  • Fall cleanup is the perfect time to check your ramp to ensure it is still in good condition. Check the ramp to make sure any Celebration™ Footer Pads are still correctly placed under legs, that the landing pad is still level and securely under the ending of the ramp, that no bolts or nuts are on the ground around the ramp. If you have any concerns about the stability of your modular ramp, call your National Ramp dealer.
  • If you have an open-mesh Triumph Series™ steel ramp, check your ramp for any scratches in the powder-coated finish. Paint over any scratches immediately to prevent rusting.
  • If you haven't sealed or painted your Victory Series™ wooden ramp yet this year, be sure to do so before the weather worsens.

REMINDER – Always exercise extreme caution when using a ramp in inclement weather.