The number of wheelchair users in the UK continues to increase each year which means that public buildings must ensure that they implement a reliable form of transportation. With this said, some properties are too small for a traditional passenger elevator which is why wheelchair lifts are a popular alternative. Here at Elevators Ltd, our team inspect every single elevator before and after installation in order to ensure that they are safe for use, however there are certain precautions that should always be taken each time a wheelchair lift is utilised. Read on as we go over the top three…
Secure the User
Since a wheelchair lift is installed into a staircase and utilises a large platform for the wheelchair itself, it is important that the user is secured into place prior to the commencement of each journey. After all, they come with a safety rail which can be used in order to help the user feel secure and the platform is large enough to comfortably fit a wheelchair so that the breaks can be applied properly.
Clear the Stairs
Although a wheelchair lift is a popular installation because it doesn’t take up a lot of room, the safety of a journey can be improved by ensuring that a staircase is clear throughout. After all, many wheelchair users tend to feel more secure when they have full access to the stairs during their journey. With this said, other people walking past an active wheelchair lift will not affect its safety and security.
Wheelchair users rely on technology like elevators in order to navigate the different floors of a building, however it is essential that traditional lifts are not used in the event of a fire. With this said, a wheelchair lift may be suitable because they do not have a shaft where smoke can collect and put passengers in danger, however it is important that they are able to operate on a back-up generator in such circumstances.
Here at Elevators Ltd, we prioritise safety at every opportunity when it comes to the design, manufacture and installation of our lifts as we believe that our passengers should always have trust in the elevator that they are using. In fact, wheelchair lifts are an integral installation as they allow wheelchair users to navigate two story buildings with ease. To find out more information, get in contact with the safest lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!