A stairlift is usually fitted to a home where at least one resident is having difficulties with mobility, which could possibly make them more vulnerable to serious injuries. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to ensure that the stairlift is used safely. Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and ensure you look after your equipment.
By following the advice below in conjunction with the manufacturer’s instructions, you will hopefully have many years of problem free use.
Observe and stick to the specified weight limits. During the initial stages of inquiring about a stairlift you will be asked to supply the weights of everyone who will be using it. Do not take a guess at these figures and ensure you are giving accurate information to the company representative. This is because different stairlifts are designed with different maximum weight limits. Exceeding these limits can cause mechanical failure and possible injury to the rider.
Keep the stairlifts pathway clear of obstructions. At best clutter on the staircase could cause some damage to the seat or the driving mechanism of the stairlift itself. At worst someone could be hurt by debris being knocked down the staircase or from damage caused to the equipment.
If your particular model comes with additional safety features, use them. For example, If the stairlift has been fitted with a seat belt, it must be used during operation.
Remember, it is not a toy. Using the stairlift for anything other than its intended purpose could cause potential injury and/or damage to equipment.
Follow any maintenance procedures laid out in the manufacturer’s handbook. Most modern stairlifts comprise of a sealed unit for most of the working and moving parts. This negates the need for regular lubrication and reduces the risk of leaks. However, there may still be some maintenance required which will vary between models.
If you follow the maintenance and safety advice given to you the stairlift will operate correctly for many years. However, if you have any doubts or questions you should always seek the advice of a professional. This could range from a squeak or creek that you don’t feel comfortable about, to wear and tear on the seatbelt.