Home or residential elevators are becoming a significant part of the house. A home with an elevator brings a lot of safety in terms of mobility and convenience when lifting heavy objects. The question now is if home elevators are safe to use especially when there are small children and guests around.
Aside from providing faster mobility and greater convenience, home elevators also provide faster access to every floor in the house. It allows a safe route from and to a certain floor. With modern technology, elevators today have been innovated to suit every man’s need. If the question is safety, yes they are.
Elevator installation guideline
Before planning to have your home an elevator installed, it is a must to check safety requirements and manufacturer’s compliance in building codes. Although residential homes are not obliged to abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules in terms of elevator installation safety, the compliance may still be of use if you care about safeguarding all residential elevator users.
Modern elevators are equipped with safety features against misuse and injury. These features cover the regulations and guidance from construction of shaftway to installation. Factors that determine your customized elevator should comply with weight limit, space, distance, and speed.
Parts that need attention
Modern elevators have door interlock features to prevent doors from opening while the cab is on a different floor or while it is on the move.
Most accidents that happen in the elevator are from poor gaps in between the hoistway door and the exterior elevator door. This issue must be addressed immediately by your installer to prevent being trapped in between during landing. Similar to this issue are the levels of elevator floor and the landing floor. If these are not aligned, small accidents happen, too. According to the rules set by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), gaps should be no more than 5 inches to prevent even small kids to become trapped.
Sensors are important especially when the elevator is in motion. Sensors make elevators automatically stop when they sense an object protruding or out of the way. With the technology of infrared or any light, sensors perform their job efficiently so that any rider can have a smooth ride.
Best to think this device should be installed inside an elevator. When someone gets stuck or fire broke out, this device should come in handy for any elevator user to avoid panic.
Home elevators must have phone landlines connected to the cab phone.
While the elevator is run by electricity, a power supply is a requirement for easy backup when there is power outage. The backup is essential to let the cab move to the nearest exit when there is power failure.
Make the difference
If you feel the need to have an elevator installed in your home, our expert installers will help you map out your needs in space and assessment for the perfect residential elevator. At DELTA Accessibility, we ensure your home elevator meets the quality of life you are looking for. We assure you of safety and independence while inside your home and enjoy full mobility at all times. Contact us now for a FREE assessment!