Outside your home
Ramps and rails
Ramps and rails can make access to your home much easier, particularly if you are a wheelchair user, use a walking aid or have poor mobility. It is worth contacting your local Council, as most will offer help with this (it may be subject to a means test). Even if you are not eligible for the council funding, they may have a service that can arrange this for you and ensure the work is done correctly.
What are the rules and regulations in my town regarding the installation of a ramp?
Most cities in the UK tightly manage the rules and regulations regarding zoned building access for those with disabilities. Most ramps are required to have a careful design with very specific minimum widths and maximum slopes. The correct measurements and requirements of a properly constructed disabled ramp are as follows:
- The maximum slope for hand-propelled disabled access ramps should be 1″ of rise to every 12″ of length while the maximum slope for power chairs should be 1.5″ rise to 12″ length.
- The minimum width inside the ramps rails should accommodate the standard width of wheelchairs which is 36″ (However as some wheelchairs can be extra wide, 48″ is ideal).
- The surface of the ramp, also referred to as the deck, should be built with side-rails so that users are protected from slipping off the edge of the ramp.
- A level platform of at least 5’ X 5’ should be built at the top of the ramp to allow for wheelchair or the manoeuvring a disabled individual might need.
- The end of the deck (where it meets the ground level) should provide a smooth transition from the ramp to the ground.
- Every building that includes disability access should provide 2 other accessible exits in case of emergency.
- Surfaces of ramps should be slip resistant when wet.