Stairlifts are an important, yet convenient device for the many people who may have mobility issues. stairlifts could be used for many reasons, but it is critically important that each method of use is safe for the user. Safety features of stairlifts need to be considered when searching for the right equipment for your home.
There are different kinds of stairlifts. They can be used inside or outside. They can be used on straight stairs or curved and custom stairs. They can also come as wheelchair accessible, a chair or a standing option. They give a person with mobility issues more freedom, but it is important that they are safe as well. Depending on your stair configuration and your needs, you may require unique features, or additional safety features.
Safety restraints, such as seat belts or restraints to secure wheelchairs are standard safety options, meaning these features come with the devices upon purchasing. Safety belts and harnesses are used while the stairlift is in motion to help prevent falling or other injuries. Other options that, at first glance, might not be considered a safety feature are adjustable footrests and seats. These can not only be adjusted to help the person be more comfortable, but the footrest and seat can be folded out of the way when not used. This helps prevent those walking up and down the stairs from getting hurt by crashing into them.
Arguably the most important safety feature of new stairlifts is the emergency features. Each stairlift has emergency safety features. One of the most important safety features is to make sure the stairlift stops motion when something is in the way of the rail. If the path is obstructed in any way, the stairlift will stop. These devices are often placed on the seat as well as the footrest to help them be effective. A battery backup is also vital because this insures that the chair will always be in proper working order. If the electricity goes out the person won’t be stuck, as the stairlift would continue to work on the backup battery until power is restored.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)