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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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Safety Tips For Children in Home Elevators

Teach your children safety tips when they ride in their home elevator.

Creating a safe environment for your children is a priority, especially if you have an elevator installed inside your home.  Children tend to be extremely curious and love to touch items around the home especially if there is a large box that takes people up and down inside their home.  There are several rules your children should follow so they stay safe and your residential elevator continues to operate properly.

Educate and Set Guidelines

It is crucial to talk to your child about elevator safety before they even use the device in your home.  Make sure they do not play in or near your residential elevator especially with their friends; the more children running around increases the chances of injury.  Go over with your child the various functions of your elevator regardless if they have ridden in one before.  It is very important that they treat the door with care and not rush through them as they open.  They should not push several buttons at once because this increases the chances of your home elevator breaking down.

Keep An Eye Your Little Ones

Accidents and injuries always seem to happen when you are not looking, so it is important that you or another adult ride with your children in your home elevator.  Until they are old enough and responsible enough to be in the elevator alone, riding with them decreases the chances of your child getting hurt.  Also, make sure your little ones do not use your elevator to play games in, such as Hide and Seek.  

Measure the Gap

Before having your child ride your home elevator, measure the gap between the back of the landing door at the entry gate.  Elevator code allows a maximum distance of 5 inches, but small children may still get hurt by going over that gap.  You should install a space gap, which is a wooden box, that eliminates the gap between the door and the gate.  

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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 our 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!

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      Essex, MD 21221
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