An in-home elevator can provide a lot of ease getting around for those with disabilities or are growing older, but without proper precaution, it can be a host of many dangers for children. Simply meeting code standards doesn’t guarantee your elevator is completely safe for young and elderly family members.
Some small tips and considerations can go a long way for elevator safety, such as:
- Never let children on the elevator unattended.
- Understand how your elevator works, including all small functions.
- Make sure there is an emergency phone in case someone gets stuck, and regularly check it can properly dial out.
- Add a lock to the hoistway door to make sure younger children can’t open it without an adult.
- Never try to do your own maintenance. If the hoistway door gets stuck, have a professional handle putting it back in place.
- Ensure your children understand the elevator is not a play area.
- Choose easy-to-use safety guards that older members can easily open but can’t be tripped by children.
- Have regular basic checks of the elevator. This doesn’t have to be professionally done. Instead, check all functions are working well and regularly conduct visual checks that nothing looks out of place.
- Do not adjust battery lowering systems. Many users think they are making the elevator safer and shutting it down. Instead, there is a real risk of the battery dying, which could happen at any time.
- Never prop the doors open. This can cause damage to the mechanisms in place and lead to a less safe elevator overall.
- Never open the door with your hand or hold it open in the same fashion. Not only does it put your own self at risk of harm, doing so will communicate that this is the proper use to your children, putting them at risk for serious bodily injury.
Overall, in-home elevators, stair lifts and dumbwaiters are incredibly safe. Our company adds many safety features that are easy to use to ensure the safety of all family members. By following these simple tips and keeping safety a priority, you can add accessibility to your home without putting anyone at risk.