How safe is the stairlift?

Safety features of the stairlift comes into a few categories:

1) Operational safety.

The lift has 3 types of sensors on board. One type of sensor operates in both up and downwards direction. We call these bidirectional safety sensors. These sensors detect if the chair is not locked in a safe position and if the over speed governor has been activated (that happens when the lifts moves too fast).

Unidirectional sensors detect when the lift moves up or down and hit an object while moving up or down. The lift will stop automatically but can be moved in the opposite direction. For the user to remove the obstacle. These sensors are located in the footplate or foot support, in the covers around the motor unit and above the rail (when something is left on the rail).

2) Preventive stairlift safety.

This safety feature is activated if the battery of the stairlift is not sufficient powered up to make a complete travel (from top to bottom or the other way around). The electronics measures the capacity of the battery; if not enough power the lift will not move. This remains until the battery is charged enough to make the travel.

3) Additional safety.

This is the seatbelt fixed of the chair. Even though you don’t use this belt the lift can move in any direction. A key switch prevents children to play with the stairlift, so that it is not used as a rollercoaster for children. It is too slow to be fun anyway. A six point safety belt can be installed as an additional option for children who need to use the lift. See the enclosed picture on the top left of this article.

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