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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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