Safety is a major concern at home, especially with mobility equipment that is a practical solution for the elderly and the physically disabled. Injuries from accessibility equipment are often not limited to commercial elevators. Reports have been there about elevator accidents that resulted in permanent injuries such as a brain damage or a spinal damage from being pinned inside the elevator. Reports show that at least nine accounts of fatalities have occurred involving children related to swing door elevators installed in commercial and residential structures in the U.S. within the last 7 or 8 years.
The major fears associated with elevators are getting stuck and falling free. The risk of falling free has been overcome with the introduction of springloaded brakes that are set in motion and bring the elevator to rest safely and quickly. Home elevators today are equipped with several types of protection depending on the particular drive system. These include slack-cable safety devices and overspeed detectors.
The more possible risk nowadays is getting stuck in a home elevator. The impact of this problem can be minimized by associating with the right elevator and lift contractor. The right contractor is one that provides emergency home elevator service round the clock, and whose place of business is within easy driving distance from your home. You need to ensure that your elevator contractor has professionals who know their job and can provide immediate service. Make sure that your home elevator has a working phone, and a qualified installer that truly understands what emergency service is.
To avoid accidents involving home elevators, it is crucial to be aware about the safety features that are indispensable in residential elevators and to purchase equipment that has these vital features. With much advancement in technology, major manufacturers provide affordable home elevators with advanced safety features suiting various indoor and outdoor transportation needs. These features include:
- Door interlock system
- Emergency stop with alarm
- Power backup facility, telephone
- One touch screen controls
- Cable safety devices
- Battery operated (UPS) emergency lowering and lighting
- Hand-crank manual lowering
- Motorized braking
- Lockable control panel
- Elevator door interlocks
- Emergency stop switch
- Slack chain brake system
Improper installation and lack of awareness of safety features are other reasons for elevator injuries. Leaders from the residential elevator industry recently launched a new public education campaign, homeSAFE (Safety Awareness for Elevators), with an effort to increase safety and reduce preventable injury. The campaign also aims at raising awareness about the safe installation, operation and maintenance of home elevators. The campaign makes elevator owners aware of critical safety criteria when installing or operating a home elevator. This includes installation standards, inspection requirements, regular maintenance, and safety precautions – especially important when children and the elderly may have access to a home elevator. The official campaign website, www.homesafecampaign.com, educates homeowners about how to install, operate and maintain their elevators safely.
Savaria, Federal Elevator and Cambridge Elevating are the leading names in the elevator manufacturing industry. They ensure that their products maintain the highest safety standards whether used at home or in a public building. With established dealers, you can enjoy high standards of quality, uncompromising safety, long term service and reliability for the products you purchase.