Stairlift Safety FeaturesPosted by: The Stairlift Company · on 26th May 2016
Modern stairlifts include a variety of safety features as standard, with additional options available to tailor your stairlift to your specific requirements. These allow the stairlift to be used safely and without supervision, giving you peace of mind that you or your loved ones are in safe hands.
Some of the safety features which allow the user to stay both independent and safe are detailed below.
Modern stairlifts come with a seatbelt as standard. This is usually in the form of a lap belt, which is adjustable to ensure a secure fit, preventing the user from slipping out of the seat.
Safety belts are particularly important on perch or standing stairlifts, which are often used by people who are unable to bend their hips or knees, to ensure that the user is kept securely in a perched or standing position as the lift moves up or down the stairs.
Locking Swivel Seat
The locking function of the seat allows it to be fixed in either a straight or swivelled position before the user gets on or off, so it won’t spin away underneath them and cause a fall.
An additional benefit of a locking swivel seat is that once the chair is swivelled towards the landing, it acts like a barrier, blocking the top of the stairs and making it less likely for someone to fall down.
Battery Back-up Power
Many people worry that they will become stuck if there is a power cut while they are using the stairlift. While stairlifts run on DC power, they also have a back-up battery power supply, which automatically charges while the stairlift is not in use. If the power goes out, your stairlift should still hold enough power in its battery reserve for 6-8 more trips.
Stairlifts are also equipped with pressure sensitive sensors around the footrest, stopping the seat from crushing anything which may be in the way.
Stairlifts are limited to very slow speeds, travelling at between 0.16mph and 0.34mph. Modern stairlifts are also fitted with speed governors to ensure that the carriage does not speed up on its way down the stairs, preventing dangerous speeds.
Pressure Sensitive Operation
Once your stairlift has been installed, your engineer will give you a demonstration of how it should be used, detailing all of the safety features and explaining what to do should something go wrong. It is very important that the user is confident in operating the stairlift before unsupervised use, so if you are uncertain of anything or have questions then make sure to ask your engineer, or get in touch with the company supplying the stairlift.
A variety of optional extras can be added to your stairlift, including handrails to assist getting in and out of the stairlift. These small additions can really add peace of mind for both the stairlift user and their loved ones, by providing a secure point to hold onto while getting into or out of the stairlift, or to grab onto should the user lose their balance.
General Safety Advice
While every care has been taken to ensure that your stairlift is as safe as possible, it is important to be vigilant when using the equipment. Make sure to:
- Always follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions
- Check the stairs for any visible obstructions before using your stairlift
- Keep pets and children away from the stairlift when it is in use
- Secure the safety belt when using your stairlift
- If you notice anything unusual about your stairlift, such as jerky movements or an unusually loud motor, arrange for an engineer to take a look straight away
These safety features and many more are available across all makes and models of stairlift, ensuring the safe usage of the equipment. For more information about the safety features available, or to discuss any special requirements, get in touch with The Stairlift Company today.View all posts »