A 2012 census report of the U.S. population revealed that almost 16 million Americans over 65 suffered from disabilities. Over two-thirds of these 16 million people struggle with mobility concerns, including difficulty climbing stairs and walking. If this statistic applies to you, adding a stairlift to your home can help you take back your staircase, enjoy the home you worked so hard for, and regain your independence.
With that said, your stairlift is heavy machinery. As such, there are a few safety precautions that need to be taken to ensure you are operating your system properly and with minimal room for error.
With these safety tips in mind, you can enjoy the convenience of your stairlift without worry.
Fold the Seat When It’s Not In Use
Whether you live alone or with others, making sure to fold the seat when it’s not in use is an important part of preventing tripping and falling accidents. Statistics show that a million Americans are injured on stairs every year. Folding the seat when you’re not using your stairlift is one small way to limit the number of injuries that can occur on your staircase.
One at a Time
If there’s only one safety rule you follow, let it be this one. Only one person should be on the stairlift at a time. It’s not a toy for your grandchildren, and it should never be used to transport multiple people. You might also be tempted to use your stairlift to transport heavy objects. It’s important always to follow the weight specifications for your model stairlift.
Stay on Top of Maintenance and Repairs
Stairlifts are no small expense, so it’s important for both the lifespan of your investment and the safety of your household to stay ahead of maintenance and repair needs. If you notice your stairlift is working unreliably, has stopped operating, or behaves erratically, it’s imperative to act quickly to maintain functionality. Always contact a professional stairlift operator and never attempt repairs on your own. DIY repairs can void your warranty and worsen the issue.
Get in the Habit of Using the Seat Belt
Many senior citizens are considered fall-risks. Despite the stair lift’s intentionally cautious and slow speed, it’s crucial to get in the habit of using the seat belt. Just like in a vehicle, your seat belt can protect you from potentially catastrophic injuries.
Keep the Stairs Tidy and Free of Clutter
Anyone with mobility concerns knows that it’s easier to navigate a space if it’s free of obstructions and potential hazards. Whether you have a stairlift or not, keeping the stairs clear is an essential facet of avoiding falls.
In addition to household items, some hazards to look for on your stairs include:
- Worn or torn carpet
- Loose hardwood planks or boards
- Pet and children’s toys
Now that you are armed with the proper tools for keeping yourself safe during stair lift operation, consider the impact it could have on your life. Have you avoided going up and down the stairs multiple times a day because it’s a hassle? Not anymore. Stairlifts can keep you in your home longer and allow you to enjoy the parts of your home and life that you have worked so hard for.
For more information about personalizing your stairlift for your needs or seeing our wide array of product offerings at our showroom, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today or request a consultation!