Safety Features for Stairlifts

One of the most important parts of looking for a stairlift is knowing about and comparing the safety features that are available.  While price is important when choosing a stairlift, nothing can give you peace of mind like knowing that you have provided for your family member’s needs safely and securely.

Stairlifts purchased through the Approved Supplier Network have standard safety features which must be offered before they can appear in our databases.  Each unit must have pressure sensitive safety sensors on the chairlift.  Each must have an on/off switch with a key, sensors that limit where the chair stops and starts, battery powered operation, braking systems that are mechanical and electrical, soft stopping and starting motion, and a seat that swivels.

Stairlifts that are priced competitively are also the norm for our network.  These competitively priced lifts also feature the latest safety measures available.  Reconditioned and Rental stairlifts must also conform to these tough safety features, as well.

Each stairlift must be fitted with safety sensors that detect any obstacle on the stairs.  When an obstacle is picked up by the sensors, the chair must slow and stop smoothly.  Children and pets sometimes run onto the stairs without a care for who else may be on there.  Objects may fall or get dropped on the stairs.  In either case, it is imperative that the chair stop until these can be moved, both for the safety of children or pets, or for the safety of the person using the lift.

Many chairlift models feature safety sensors that surround the footrest as well as sensors on the top and bottom of the carriage. These are pressure sensitive and they, too, keep the chair from damaging people, pets, or other items on the stairs.

Limit sensors are those sensors that insure that the lift stops in the appropriate place on the rail.  Since most stairlifts provide a place at the top and bottom of the stairs where the chair can be folded against the wall, it is essential that the chair stop in the correct place on the track for this to take place.

An on/off switch is vital to the safety of all members of the household so that the chair can not be moved accidentally when a child or maybe even a prankster decides to try out the stairlift.  Adding even more security to the on/off switch are those units that need a key for the lift to operate.

A DC battery with 24 volt operation is a must have, as well.  Battery powered stairlifts eliminate the risk of electrical shock and always provide power for the lift, even when there is a power outage.

Mechanical brakes and electrical brakes are important, also.  If the motor for the stairlift does not operate successfully, the electrical brakes will stop the chair from moving too swiftly down the stairs.

For those who need stairlifts, probably one of the most important features is the lift that stops and starts smoothly.  Those who suffer with joint, muscle, and back pain are trying to keep from straining these body parts by using the stairlift.  A stairlift that stops and starts with a jerky motion would hardly solve this part of the physical difficulty for the owner of the lift.

A seat that swivels so that the rider can sit and stand easily is also necessary for the same reasons mentioned above.  The swivel seat, with its back to the stairs, is also a precaution that can keep the rider from falling down the stairs they just ascended.

British Safety Standard BS5776 is the safety standard by which you should judge your upcoming purchase of a stairlift.  This safety standard is the highest standard available and our goal is to see that stairlifts offered through our suppliers meet and exceed this standard.