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Stair lift safety

Modern stair lifts are supplied with a number of safety features. People who use stair lifts also need to operate them in a way that does not endanger their safety.

Today's stair lift should be fitted with safety sensors. These will discover any obstruction that lies in the path of the stair lift and send a message back to the stair lift control system which should then bring the lift to a halt until the object in the way can be removed.

Braking can be controlled by a dual braking system - both mechanical and electrical. This is designed to prevent the rider from careering down the stairs in the event of the failure of one or other type of stair lift brake.

Swivel seats can add to the safety of a stair lift as they help users get in and out of the stair lift chair more safely. They reduce the risk of someone falling down the stairs if they have problems getting in to the seat.

In Britain, stair lifts should carry a British Standards safety number.

Stopping and starting should be done with a smooth action - to prevent people with fragile bones or constitutions from suffering an injury while using the stair lift.

Other safety features can include a lock to prevent unauthorised use such as by children - and also limit sensors or stoppers to prevent the stair lift overrunning its destination.

Regular servicing can help keep your stair lift in safer order.