For anyone who has limited mobility, accessing the different parts of your home can be a serious challenge. You’ll want to find a way to make getting around your house much easier. A solution you might consider is to invest in a new wheelchair lift. When you have a wheelchair lift at home, there are a few safety guidelines you’ll want to follow.
Make Sure the Lift User is Secured
It should be a top priority to keep the lift user safe while the wheelchair lift is being operated. There will often be a seatbelt on the wheelchair lift that fastens users into place before the lift starts moving. In other cases, such as with platform lifts, they are built to move both people as well as their wheelchairs. These types of lifts will have flaps that can form a protective wall, ensuring that users don’t fall out while the lift is moving.
Keep Your Stairway Clear
If your wheelchair lift is close to your staircase, you want to keep obstructions away from the stairs when you’re using your wheelchair lift. This allows your lift to get from one floor to another without being interrupted. Keeping the stairway clear is also important because it keeps people safe while the lift is being operated, reducing the likelihood of injuries occurring.
Keep Fire Safety in Mind
Lastly, you should think about what to do in the event of a fire emergency. That’s why the wheelchair lift you install should be able to operate by using a backup battery whenever you’re in an emergency situation. This way, even if a fire arises in your house, you’ll still be able to use your wheelchair lift to get to the base level, which will allow you to escape to safety.
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For over a decade, 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!