Ramp Maintenance: How To Take Care Of Your Ramp And Use It Safely

StopGap ramps are intended to be used on an “as-needed” basis to increase the accessibility of eligible single-stepped locations. 

Here’s a list of things to keep in mind for safe ramp usage:

  • When in use, ramps should be level and flush against the step with no gaps between the ramp and step.
  • When deployed, ramps should rest on their supporting surface (sidewalk, pavement, floor, etc.) without sliding or wobbling. 
  • Ensure that the area where the ramp is being deployed is free from any hazards and is well-lit.
  • When the temperature drops and the snow starts falling, keep the ramp free of snow and ice buildup.
  • Avoid exposing ramps to moisture for extended periods as this can affect the integrity of their plywood top.
  • Practice safe lifting techniques when transporting and deploying the ramp.
  • Be aware that most local municipal encroachment bylaws prohibit temporary ramps from existing on municipal property, so the ramp is only to be used when required.
  • If you would like a small window sticker (see photo below) that communicates to your customers that a ramp is available on request, please email info@stopgap.ca and we will send one to you.

Photo of a window sticker. It says "Welcome. Access ramp available upon request". Then there is an empty box with a phone symbol for people to write their phone number inside of. Text below the box says "give us a call". At the bottom it says StopGap.ca and has StopGap foundation's logo. Below that are the tags for stopgap's social media pages.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind related to ramp storage, care, and maintenance:

  • The ramp should be stored in a relatively dry location when not in use. 
  • Protect sensitive wall finishes and avoid leaning the ramp at an unstable angle or placing it on an uneven surface. Use caution when storing the ramp in an upright position.
  • Choose a storage location that isn’t along a high-traffic zone but is still close enough to its intended service location that it facilitates manageable transportation.
  • The ramp underside is equipped with four furniture glides (two on each side) and should be replaced if, over time, they show excessive wear. 

Every time a StopGap ramp is used by someone who wouldn’t have been able to access the location without it, a moment of liberation is created, the human right to equal access is upheld, and the potential for increased human connection is facilitated. 

To all ramp owners, users and supporters, thank you for helping raise awareness about barriers in our built environment that prevent so many people from accessing the spaces that they desire. 

A photo of a blue StopGap ramp in front of an entryway. A sanwich board that says "Magazines" four times in a row is near the door. The board is the same blue as the ramp.

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