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Safety Cut-off Sensor Surfaces

Safety Edge Cutoff Sensors

Footrest with Safety Edge Cutoff Sensors
Footrest with Safety Edge Cutoff Sensors
  • Your stairlift should be equipped with integral pressure-sensitive Safety Sensors surfaces which are another vital safety feature and work by inhibiting the stair lift from colliding with any hindrance or obstruction on the stairway. Typically safety surfaces are located around the footrest, on the under tray on the footplate, at the top of the carriage and at the bottom of the carriage.
  • These multiple built in Safety Sensors spontaneously detect anything that may be in the pathway of the stairlift up and down the stairs.
  • Safety cut-out sensors are highly effective and will therefore detect for anything that is blocking the progress of the carriage, around the footrest of the carriage that could potentially be a hazard when the stair lift is in use. This stops any unnecessary accidents from happening.
  • When sensors detect potential obstructions between the carriage and the stairs, the cutoff switches bringing the carriage automatically to a safe standstill on the rail track.
  • To satisfy safety codes stairlifts usually have cut-out switches connected to the “safety edges” so the drive power is disconnected if something goes wrong.
  • "Safety edges" are a feature to the carriage power pack and footplate, to ensure that if there is any obstruction on the stairs, the stairlift will automatically stop and only travel away from the obstruction.

Safety Cut-off Sensor Surfaces

Safety Sensors on Foot Rest and Carriage

There are up to 5 pressure sensitive safety sensor surfaces or safety edges that stop a stair lift in the event of a collision with any obstruction on the stairway. These Safety Sensors are located around the footrest, and on the top and bottom of the carriage.

 
If there is an obstruction on the stairs, a stair lift will detect it with at least one of the pressure sensitive surfaces situated around the stair lift. If an obstruction is detected, the stairlift will cease movement, so that the obstruction may be removed. Once the object is removed the stair lift will proceed as usual.