Safety Tips For Wheelchair Lifts
When installing a wheelchair lift you’ll need to ensure that it is wheelchair ready and safe. It’s very important to wherever you are installing the lift, that it is accessible for all and is completely safe.
These are a few of our tips to ensure that your lift is the safest it possibly can be, especially when installing a wheelchair lift.
A wheelchair lift, or vertical platform lift (VPL) is designed to be the best way for those in wheelchairs to use a lift. It is essential that you make sure your lift installation is up to the best safety standards.
Top Tip 1
The most important feature to add is that of an emergency stop button. In the chance that something goes wrong, and the lift must be stopped, then there will need to be a stop button in place. If this isn’t there, then already your lift is entirely unsafe and should not be used.
Top Tip 2
A stop button is critical to safety in any lift, as you do not want to be moving in event of a problem. Stopping the lift in its place is often the safest course of action in an emergency. Accessible and intuitive controls are also needed for ease of use in the lift. Clearly marked and well-made buttons to control the lift are not only an intuitive feature but deemed essential from a safety standpoint. Not only this, you are going to need a key alongside the controls. This key will make sure that anyone can make sense of the lift and get to where they need to go.
In a wheelchair lift, there should also be constant pressure buttons that function through a constant press. It gives a great level of control to the person in the lift and is again essential in making the lift safe for all to use.
Top Tip 3
Many VPL’s will often have an open structure. Opposed to other lifts, which have a closed gates system due to the way in which lift columns work, the wheelchair lift instead will remove these gates for easier access. Wheelchair lifts can remove this need for gates when all of the safety features are in place. Because of the slower speed and constant pressure buttons, it removes the need for protective front gates.
If you require any lift services, maintenance, repairs, or installation in and around the South West of England, please do get in touch with us and we will be on hand and happy to help. You can call us at our Plymouth office on 01752 559000, send us an email at email@example.com or visit our website for more information e Lifts.