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Are Stairlifts Safe?

Are Stairlifts Safe?

Safe and Easy to Use

Safety Features

 
  • When purchasing a stair lift it is important to look for certain safety features that may or may not come equipped on a stairlift system. Verify all safety features you wish to have installed on your stairlift with the manufacturer.
  • Specific safety features can include Safety Sensors that prevent the machine from becoming obstructed by objects in its path or a Swivel Seat with lock safety feature that will not allow the stair lift to move until it has been locked into place by the user. Dual Braking System Mechanical and Electrical  (electromechanical) are important safety features that prevent the stairlift from descending down a staircase uncontrollably should the motor fail.

Technology and Safety

A Rack and Pinion and Roller System
A Rack and Pinion and Roller System
Some stairlift manufacturers have taken certain strides to develop Technology for your safety as their highest concern.

Smooth Start / Stop Motion

Stairlift Smooth Start / Stop Motion
Stairlift Smooth Start / Stop Motion
A soft Start / Stop Action system means no sudden jolts. A smooth start stop motion eliminates any jolting at the start and at the end of each journey. Your stairlift should have a smooth start stop motion. This is vital feature for those people who suffer with bad backs and will eliminate the risk of injury through jerky start stop motions.

Is a stairlift safe?

Elderly Man Riding on a Stairlift
Elderly Man Safely Riding on a Stairlift
Stair lifts come with a multitude of Safety features. Safety features protect you, your loved ones and users from injury or harm.
 

It is important if you are looking for an inexpensive cost saving price that you don't overlook or exclude the must have essential Safety features and benefits which are surprisingly very affordable for a budget.

Dual Braking Mechanical and Electrical Systems (Electromechanical)

Motor Brake | Main Control Board | Motor Gear Assembly | OSG Assembly
Motor Brake | Main Control Board | Motor Gear Assembly | OSG Assembly
  • Dual Braking System, a stair lift can have both a mechanical and electrical braking system. This prevents the stair lift from descending out of control, in the unlikely chance that there is a motor failure.

 

  • It is essential that your stairlift be equipped with a dual mechanical and electrical braking system, an important safety feature that prevents the stairlift from plunging uncontrollably down the staircase should the motor mechanism fail.

Failsafe Overspeed Governor

OSG Regulator and OSG Assembly
OSG Regulator and OSG Assembly
  • An Overspeed Governor (OSG) and gear safety device will lock the lift to the rail in the event of a mechanical failure or excessive speed.

 

Caution: Not every stairlift has this indispensable safety feature called an Overspeed Governor.

 

  • This cutting-edge feature for restriction of the speed of the stair lift, to stop unexpected or instantaneous descent; a stairlift fitted with an Overspeed Governor (OSG) and gear safety device will deadlock the lift to the rail in the event of a mechanical failure or extreme speed.

 

  • If a stair lift does not have an Overspeed Governor - the stair lift is not safeguarded from an unmanageable descent, if a major drive system failure should occur. In this case, the stair lift could plunge to the foot of the stairway, with dreadful consequences.

 

  • Many leading manufacturers believe an internal Overspeed Governor (OSG) should be standard equipment on a stairlift. This feature instantaneously stops the stairlift unit in the unlikely event a stairlift exceeds a safe limitation of an overspeed unrestrained descent and is a stairlift safety equipment vital feature.
Key Lockable On/Off Isolation Switch
Key Lockable Isolation Switch
Key Lockable Isolation Switch
  • The stairlift cannot be operated with a Key Lockable On/Off Isolation Switch unless the key is inserted and turned to the operating position.

 

  • A stairlift should be fitted with a Key Lock On/Off Isolation Switch. You can lock the stairlift when not in use, to prevent children and others from unauthorized use.

 

  • The stair lift continues to charge when locked.

Technology and Safety

Safe Battery Operated Rack & Pinion
Safe Battery Operated Rack & Pinion
Some Stair Lift manufacturers will include, as their standard features, all Safety features to ensure that you are safe and comfortable.
 
For overall passenger safety security and comfort control, some stairlift rail tracks are designed for a rack and pinion drive system, an extruded aluminum rail track system with a steel rack and a multiple glide roller system.
 
For stable and an absolutely secure movement at all times up and down, a stairlift may utilize a chassis system of extra multiple glide rollers, giving a surface contact area for greater holding capability and a gliding capability to furnish a smoother ride.
 

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