Your Guide To Safety & Maintenance Of Home Lifts In Singapore

Lift Works

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January 5, 2022

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Thinking of getting a home lift installed is not a decision to make on a whim as it does not just involve a lump sum of money, but is also responsible for ferrying you and your family to and fro levels safely. 

So if you are still on the fence about installing a lift for your house, this guide to the safety features and how to maintain one will help you to make more informed decisions. 

Safety features every home lift in Singapore should have

1. Interlock

Interlocks are made up of two components: a lock and the keeper bracket – both of which have to be connected before the door is able to open. When disconnected, the door remains closed. 

The role of interlocks is to prevent the home lift’s doors from opening abruptly, such as in situations where someone does not know the lift is in motion. Interlocks ensure that the doors are only able to open when the lift is stationed at the right landing. 

2. Handrails

There is the option to include handrails or do away with them when customising your home lift. While the exclusion of handrails results in a more modern and minimalist aesthetic, it is advisable to have them especially if you have elderly living with you. 

This inexpensive feature provides support for anyone with mobility issues or for unforeseen circumstances such as a sudden breakdown of the lift. 

You can always select handrails that complement your preferred home lift design so they never have to stand out like a sore thumb. 

3. Emergency bell or phone

Just like how commercial lifts are equipped with an emergency bell, the same should be done for your home lift too. The role of the bell is self-explanatory and will come in handy to notify your family members should you need help while in the lift or in the case of an emergency. 

An alternative is an emergency phone which allows two-way conversation so you can seek help easily should you require assistance. 

Home Lift Installed for Guide to The Safety Feature

4. Backup power

Though the chances of a power outage are slim in Singapore, it does not mean it will not happen.

Thus, it is still best to have backup power for your home lift that will kick in to safely move the lift cabin to the ground floor in the event of an electrical outage. 

5. Sensors

There are a few kinds of sensors a lift can have but the more common ones include door and weight limit sensors for home lifts

Lift doors typically come with sensitive door edges that will detect objects or passengers in their way and reverse instead of closing. 

Weight limit sensors will also emit a beeping should the limit be exceeded, alerting the passengers to take action. This is important as an overloaded lift could lead to accidents and serious injuries. 

How to maintain a home lift in Singapore

With a clearer understanding of the safety features a home lift should be equipped with, the next step is to have an idea of how to maintain it

1. Keep up with repairs

If you notice any part of your home lift is faulty or not functioning as smoothly as before, then it is recommended to schedule a repair as soon as possible. Although the lift can still work, it does not mean it will not break down further, affecting the safety of all passengers.

2. Schedule regular maintenance

While following the safety rules and keeping up with repairs can help you to prevent potentially serious problems, it is still necessary to schedule regular maintenance which will be done by the professionals. They will be able to resolve any issues and even prevent potential issues so your home lift works smoothly and perfectly. After all, prevention is better than cure. 

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) recommends scheduling a home lift maintenance once every three months

Lift Maintenance Inspection

3. Arrange for inspections

You will also need to arrange for annual inspection and testing by an approved lift contractor, according to BCA’s guidelines. 

4. Perform DIY inspections

There is no need to wait for the monthly maintenance or yearly inspection as you can always perform DIY inspections. Some simple things to look out for include:

  • Are all the buttons working fine?
  • Do the doors close and open properly?
  • Is the emergency button working?
  • Are there any interior damages?

If you are ready to install a home lift, reach out to us here at Lift Works, a lift company in Singapore with over 40 years of experience in residential, commercial and industrial lift projects. 

Contact us today

by Lift Works

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January 5, 2022

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