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Elevators installed with more than 4 inches of “gap space” between the hoistway doors and the elevator car doors can pose a serious safety risk. Children may become entrapped in the space and could be seriously injured or killed. This risk can be reduced with the proper installation of space guards at each floor.

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Four Ways to Make Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

Four Ways to Make Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

Make your home wheelchair accessible in 2019!

Making your home more accessible is a great way to ensure that you and your family can live in your home as long as possible. If you’re hoping to age in place, have a loved one who uses a wheelchair, or want to ensure that your home is open for anyone who visits, there are a few ways you can customize your home. One of the larger updates you might make is to add an elevator to your home if you have more than one floor, but there are far more ways to update.  


One aspect that many people forget when making updates to a home is to ensure that all of the entries are updated to be wide enough to accommodate a standard wheelchair The Americans With Disabilities Act recommends at least a width of 32”, but wider may be better. Some door knobs can be difficult to grasp and turn for those with dexterity issues. Latch type door handles are much easier to use. When possible, keyless entry front door may help decrease stress and strain.


If you can build an entryway to your home without any stairs, you may find that you will have less trouble long term. Otherwise, adding aluminum ramps, with both a portable or permanent option, are a great way to add a more accessible entry post-construction. If you do not need a permanent ramp, a portable threshold or another small ramp can be a great way to make entering and exiting your home safe and convenient.


Perhaps the most crucial area of your home to make handicap accessible is your bathroom. Toilets, showers, tubs, and sinks can all be altered to allow for stress-free use. Some of the best ways to help improve your bathroom safety is to install grab bars, add in-shower seating, and make sure that the flooring in all areas is completely slip-proof.


Adding an elevator to your home is excellent for more than just accessibility. When you have the option of adding a lift to a newly constructed home, it can help ensure that your long term value is improved. Elevators can be a useful tool for everyday chores, and when the need arises, they’re a great way to ensure that you and your guests can access the upper floors of your home regardless of mobility restrictions.

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For 11 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8 am -5 pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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      Essex, MD 21221
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