The popularity of the home elevator increases with each year as more and more residential property owners choose to invest in accessibility. After all, many British homes are built with steep staircases that can leave the elderly or wheelchair dependant stranded on the ground floor of their own home. Luckily, a home elevator can be installed at an affordable price in order to improve accessibility and give an old property value. Read on as we go over three top tips to ensure that a home lift is utilised with safety in mind…
Repair any damage sooner rather than later
Although a home elevator is only given the seal of approval for use after a final inspection has taken place, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to report any unusual activity and maintain the components within the lift. After all, a poorly maintained home elevator is often considered a safety risk. As a result, any damage should always be repaired by a qualified engineer sooner rather than later.
Install Equality Act 2010 compliant features
Most property owners chose to invest in a residential elevator due to accessibility problems. After all, the elderly are prone to falling which makes steep staircases a potential danger and may land otherwise healthy and independent pensioners in a care home. By implementing a home lift, accessibility issues can be rectified with ease. In fact, an Equality Act 2010 compliant design with handrails for stability and mirrors to reduce claustrophobia can improve safety even further.
Ensure that the cab is large enough for a wheelchair
Following on from the idea of accessibility, a residential elevator can help those with a disability or wheelchair reliability regain their independence and reclaim full access to their home. After all, many wheelchair users are often confined to the ground floor or are forced to move to a one-story flat or bungalow. In fact, home lifts can be approved for safe wheelchair usage in terms of size by ensuring that a wheelchair can comfortably fit inside the cab without restricting the user.
Here at Elevators Ltd, we put the safety of our clients first at all times which is why we will advise homeowners on the suitability of their property when it comes to a residential lift. After all, there must be enough room for the components in order to ensure that the cab can be utilised safely. To find out more information, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!