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10 Safety Tips for Lifts

If you are a person who uses a stair lift at home, always make sure that you are out of danger when using it.  Likewise, being safe also helps you get the best out of your investment. Below are general safety tips for lifts.

  1. Make sure that the stair lift is parked correctly on the track for charging.

Most stair lifts are powered by batteries.  Although there are lifts that continuously charge, there are those that charge only when the carriage is fixed at the top or the bottom of the rail.

  1. Change remote batteries regularly.

This is to make sure that the user can readily use the stair lift any time.  It will also avoid any inconvenience for the user should the carriage is parked away from where the user is.

  1. Do not allow children to play with the stair lift.

Ensure that children do not have access to the stair lift.  If necessary, consider a key-activated stair lift so as to avoid accidents.

  1. Remove the key whenever the stair lift is not in use.

This is to guarantee that the stair lift will not be used by anyone but the user. It will also prolong its lifespan.

  1. Always have a spare key.

Users, especially seniors, sometimes forget where they put their keys after using the lift.  Keeping a spare key will help you avoid the inconvenience of looking for the user’s key.

  1. Have the lift regularly checked by a professional.

Proper maintenance of your stair lift will lengthen its lifespan.  It will also ensure safety.

  1. Do not use the lift if one of its safety features stops working.

Call a professional if you notice that your lift is behaving strangely or if you see some signs of wear and tear.  This will prevent additional damage or injury.

  1. If the stair lift is not working well, do not fix it yourself or fixed by a regular mechanic.

This could void your warranty or cause further damage to the lift.

  1. Install an alarm feature on the lift or, as much as possible, bring a mobile phone with you if you are going to use the lift.

Though it is unlikely to happen that the stair lift will fail while you are using it, it is still safe to be always prepared.  You may push the alarm button or call someone on the phone for assistance if ever this happens.

  1. Do not overload the stair lift.

Stair lifts are designed to accommodate only one person at a time.  Do not attempt to use it to carry heavy stuffs like furniture.  These may fall over and might cause injury to you.

Proper usage and prudence keep one safe.  Always check your stair lift to avoid accidents.…

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Health and Safety When It Comes To Lifts

When you are in the market for a new stairlift, or chair lift, to regain lost access to higher floors of your house, you are highly concerned about health and safety when it comes to lifts. You re looking for a stairlift because your ability to conquer a high flight of stairs has been, for one reason or another, impaired. Due to this fact alone, the stairlift parts and components contributing to safety are rightfully your number one concern.

Additionally, for seniors, falls are one of the most frequent reasons for hospital stays and complications with their health. So safety from falls, and chair lift safety, in general, is a big concern.paraplegic-cycler-portrait_1891097

I will discuss here about different stairlift parts that will assist secure your stairlift safety while riding. The safety-related parts are: Braking systems, electrical systems, on/off switches, and obstacle sensors. Let’s take a look at how they contribute to your safety.

Braking systems
Many chair lifts include multiple braking systems for your healthy and safety. Being electrical devices. Naturally, electromechanical braking usually comes standard. However, for additional safety, most models also include standard, mechanical brakes, as found on normal, gasoline powered cars. These are to a large degree redundant as the electromechanical brakes would normally suffice. However, an added set of brakes adds a layer of safety.

Electrical systems
It is safe to know that the stairlift power will be there when you require it. Sometimes you want to use the stairlift just when there is no electricity in the house. Just think of natural disasters or maybe a fire! Therefore, it is smart to have an electrical system with a backup. Some stairlifts have batteries that recharge themselves every time the chair lift is parked. Is that a smart electrical system? Sure it is. Even if your house loses the external electric power, your battery in the stairlift will be good for dozens of trips. And, in extreme circumstances, like in the case of fire, you may just need a single ride. It is reassuring to know that the will be ready for you.

On/Off switches
Sometimes safety is in the non-operation. To prevent children or animals to inadvertently send the chair lift on its way, and cause undue harm, a safety on/off switch is built in most stairlifts. By inconspicuously setting this switch to off, you make sure no one can start the stairlift without your permission.

Obstacle sensors
Often, an obstacle will cross the path of a chair lift. Not to worry. Pressure sensitive obstacle sensors will be there to alert you and stop the stairlift at the same time until the “pressure” or the detection stops. This feature will prevent damage to the objects found in the path, prevent damage to the chair lift itself, or even worse, derailment or a similar severe malfunction of the chair lift.…

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