Home Elevator Safety Awareness
Home elevator installations are growing in popularity, driven by an aging population and more cost-friendly installation options. According to the National Association of Home Builders, about 12 percent of recent or prospective homebuyers, up from eight percent in 2004, consider home elevators a desirable or essential feature. Home elevators are safe when installed, operated and maintained in accordance to the user's manual and industry safety standards. However, many homeowners are unaware of proper installation practices or how to protect themselves against faulty installation. Making such knowledge widely available is important if we are to reduce the risk of serious injury or death than can result if a home elevator is not properly installed and operated.
To help address this challenge, Garaventalift has joined industry leaders to launch the homeSAFE (Safety Awareness For Elevators) Campaign, an industry-led initiative designed to increase home elevator safety awareness. As part of this campaign, we hope to educate home elevator owners about important safety requirements, as well as foster greater partnership and collaboration within our industry to promote proper installation practices.
The centerpiece of the campaign is the website www.homesafecampaign.com , which provides a comprehensive look at home elevator safety. The site is filled with easy-to-use resources and helpful tips about safe home elevator installation, operation and maintenance practices for anyone who currently owns or is considering installing a home elevator.
In conjunction with Garaventalift, the homeSAFE Campaign is led by a coalition of industry leaders, experts and trade associations supporting the home elevator industry. These organizations include:
AEMA - An Association of Members of the Accessibility Industry
Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA) , a non-profit organization formed in 1990 to meet the needs of the accessibility equipment manufacturers, distributors and end users.
NAEC - National Association of Elevator contractors
National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) , an association of elevator contractors, suppliers of products and services and other industry professionals. Celebrating 65 years of service, the Association serves the interests of the industry by promoting safety in the elevator industry advocating excellence in the management of member companies.
NAHB-LSC (National Association of Home Buiders)
National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities International (NAESA International) , a non-profit organization with nearly 2,500 members comprised of elevator inspectors, mechanics, consultants, contractors, architects, engineers, elevator manufacturers and others interested in elevator safety, code enforcement and technology.
To learn how you can get involved in homeSAFE and help us promote home elevator safety practices within your company or organization, please contact Garaventalift: Phone:1.800.663.6556 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Home safety Tips
Does the "gap space" in your home elevator align with industry safety standards?
The space between the swinging exterior hoistway door and the gate of the elevator cab is commonly reffered to as the "gap space". The clearance between the hoistway doors or gates and the hoistway edge of the landing sill shall not exceed 75 mm (3 in.). The distance between the hoistway face of the landing door or gate and the car door or gate shall not exceed 125 mm (5 in.).
Pay attention to the gap space in home elevators, particularly in households with young children, because a child can fit between the hoistway door and the cab door if the space is too large and serious injury or death can occur. Safety features such as space guards, special flush hoistway doors or light curtains can help reduce the space between the elevator doors and the hoistway door and help prevent a child from becoming trapped.
For more information please visit www.elevatorspaceguard.com , also Download Home Safety Tips Guide
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