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Safety Considerations for Home Elevators

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If you’ve decided to install an elevator in your home, you should make sure that you are taking the proper safety precautions. Learn some important home elevator tips to consider when it comes to the safety of you, your family, and your guests.


Think of the Children

If you have children in your home or if it is likely that children will visit, you should apply the 3” and 5” rule. This rule refers to the space between the elevator door and gate. There should be no more than 3 inches and less than 5 inches between them. The reason for the rule? If a child can get between the door and the gate, they can get trapped there. For that reason, it’s best to take preventive measures with your elevator installation.


Remember You Get What You Pay For

When it comes to an elevator installation, you don’t want to cut corners. If someone boasts a great deal, you want to make sure that they have experience installing elevators and will include all the parts necessary for optimal operation. That’s one reason it’s important to inquire about everything included in the pricing.

Likewise, a home elevator is not a great DIY project to undertake. You may not know that an elevator with a counterweight needs safety precautions like a slack-cable safety device, or that an improperly installed springloaded brake could allow your elevator to go into freefall mode. These are the considerations that an experienced elevator installer should know about.


Prioritize Inspections and Maintenance

Remember that accidents can happen, even with professional-grade elevators. For that reason, it’s important to have a proper inspection done on the elevator before you begin using it. It’s just as important to know what maintenance it will require. Because elevators vary, the type of maintenance needed may also vary.


Country Home Elevator is a licensed, experienced elevator and stairlift company. Safety is our priority. Do you have any safety concerns about the elevator in your home? Or do you have additional safety questions? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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