Safety Features for Curved Stairlifts and Straight Stairlifts

A key concern that many people have about getting straight stairlifts or curved stairlifts installed is – is it safe? As well as being concerned about their own safety, they may also be concerned about the safety of other stair users in the household and whether it is too risky to have in a house where cats, dogs or children may be present.

With straight stairlifts or curved stairlifts, as with any other mobility solution, safety is always top priority from the design stage right through to the manufacture, home assessment and installation of the product.

As individual needs vary, so do the stairlift features to accommodate this but there are a number of features available as standard to ensure the safe use of your stairlift.

Here we shall look at the variety of safety features available for both straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. We shall examine each in turn to explain how they provide security, comfort and ease of use.
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Pressure Sensors

Pressure sensors are vital if you are in a household with pets as cats and dogs can sometimes get in the way of the lift during the course of movement. If this happens, the pressure sensors will automatically stop the lift from going up or downstairs until the path is clear. It works in the same way if an item has been dropped on the channel of the lift either before or during transit. The pressure caused by the obstruction generates an electrical signal to stop the lift moving.

Built in Safety Brake

It is vital for the safety of the passenger that the stairlift travels at a slow and comfortable speed. Curved stairlifts and straight stairlifts are available with a built in safety brake that will automatically slow the lift down if it goes above a particular speed as the lift makes its way downstairs.


Seatbelts are a standard feature on stairlifts and it is recommended that the seatbelt is used and fastened securely each time you use the lift. The seatbelt on a stairlift works in the same way as the safety device on a car and is there to prevent accidents, falls and injuries. Specialist safety harnesses are also available for some stairlifts.

Continuous Charge Point

Most modern straight and curved stairlifts have a continuous charge point so they will charge automatically when not in use.  On many models the lift will charge anywhere on the rail, which means the stairlift is always available to use and you can’t forget to charge it up! So there’s no chance of you being “stranded” because the lift isn’t working.

Key Switch

Most curved stairlifts and straight stairlifts have a key switch as standard which prevents unauthorised use of the lift. The key switch is a good safety feature for external lifts, stairlifts in public buildings and busy homes, particularly those with children or grandchildren either visiting or living permanently in the home. The key switch is positioned on the left or right arm of the stairlift and prevents the youngest members of the family or unauthorised people playing with the device.

Two Remote Controls

Another standard feature of curved stairlifts and straight stairlifts are two remote controls. This is a vital safety feature as it means that you don’t get stranded upstairs when the lift is downstairs, or vice versa. Having two remote controls makes it suitable for more than one person to use the lift in the household and lift can be operated by a third party, such as a carer.

Battery Backup

All the latest models of stairlift are powered with direct current (DC) electricity. DC motors can work direct from a rechargeable battery. The battery is on continuous charge when not in use which means your stairlift will work even in the event of a power cut.

Curved Armrests

Some stairlifts have armrests that curve round the front of the body for an additional sense of security in transit. This feature is available in the Homeglide Extra, for instance, and it gives the user a safe and comfortable ride up and downstairs.

Different Weight Ratings

Straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts have a variety of weight ratings (with some up to 30 stone). Check the weight ratings for each of the makes and models of stairlifts so you know that it is strong enough to hold your weight.

Engineer Survey

At Ransome Mobility we provide a full engineer survey for the ultimate in safety for our clients. Our safety engineers will ensure that you not only have the right make or model of stairlift to suit you and the type of stairs you have, but also that your stairs and walls are strong enough to support it.

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