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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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Tips To Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible


Make your home easier for wheelchair bound guests to travel.

If you, or any member of your family uses a wheelchair to get around, you should make your home as easy to navigate around as possible.  Your home should be a place of comfort and independence for anyone that is bound to a wheelchair.  It is easy to accommodate anyone in a wheelchair by making a few simple adjustments to your home.

Start With the Entrance

Everyone from your family members to guests should be able to navigate in and out of your home easily.  If there are steps that lead to your home, you should install a ramp or lift depending on the height from the ground to an entrance.  If an entrance is steep and requires someone to travel up several steps, then the most efficient option is to install a wheelchair lift.  The device is perfect for going from the ground to a front porch or a back deck, and operates with the touch of a button.  If your entrances only have a few stairs or a person is only bound to a wheelchair temporarily, it makes sense to invest in a ramp which comes in portable options.


One of the biggest obstacles for anyone in a wheelchair is navigating up and down their stairs.  You don’t want to make areas of your home off limits, so it is vital to install a stairlift along your staircase.  A stairlift gives anyone full access to your home and allows them to be independent.  


Anyone in a wheelchair wants to navigate around your home quickly and effortlessly, but thickly carpeted floors can present many issues.  It is recommended to switch to tile or hardwood flooring to make life easier for anyone in a wheelchair.  If you are unable to do so, then a low-pile carpeting is the next best thing.  Also, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, all home hallways should be at least 36 inches wide for wheelchair-bound individuals.  

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 8am-5pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
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