‘Time to roll out safety campaign’ as homelift take-up rises, says Stiltz

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Stiltz Homelifts has launched a new safety campaign in response to the increasing popularity of homelifts in the last few years and to allay concerns about the safety of such equipment.

Its ‘safety first’ campaign aims to highlight the differences between the wide range of through-the-floor lifts on the market.

Gino Farruggio, UK trade sales director at Stiltz, said it is time the company rolled out a safety campaign to explain the different safety features between the products on the market.

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He said the domestic lift specialist is keen to raise awareness among trade dealers, consumers and OTs that conventional lifts tend to have an upper safety edge which only activates at the point a body part becomes trapped.

This traditional type of through-the-floor lift also has open sides which further increases the risk of accidents, whereas with a Stiltz Homelift it can be used standing or perching, rather than having to be seated.

Farruggio explained that a Stiltz homelift immediately stops when the light curtain is breached as it is fully enclosed with no safety edges.

This means it provides greater peace of mind to the user. The manufacturer also offers the option of a full height door which further eliminates the potential risk of the user becoming trapped.

Farruggio said: “We have seen the concept of homelifts massively increase in popularity over the last few years and, as a company, we felt it was time we rolled out a ‘safety first’ campaign which explains the different safety features between the products on the market.

“That way dealers – who may be selling more than one type of homelift – have all the key information they need to make an informed choice about the type of product they want to sell. This will also help their customers to make the right homelift choices too.

“We’re also able to announce to the trade and to OTs, that the Stiltz Trio+ Homelift wheelchair model, is now BS5900 compliant, and includes a fire seal.

“While this is not a mandatory requirement, it enables the Trio+ to tick all the boxes required for a local authority Disabled Facilities Grant so those users who desperately need to adapt their homes but do not have the finances, are at last able to access a homelift.”

Through this campaign, Stiltz Homelifts is also highlighting the different specifications available for each model of lift, such as the technical operating variations, the sizes of lift available, and the power supply options.

Farruggio added: “There are no hydraulics required whereas many conventional lifts still may need a lift pit or shaft constructed and even a separate machine room.

“The Stiltz travels on unique and discreet self-supporting vertical rails or ‘stilts’ that are positioned on either of the lift.

“It is powered by a quiet motor housed in the roof of the lift car, and plugs straight into the wall using a standard domestic 13 amp power socket plus, there is no ‘noise vibration’, unlike other through-the-floor lifts which need to be bolted into a supporting wall at the back.

“Added to this, our Duo Homelift takes up less than a square metre, compared to traditional lifts that typically take up a much larger space.

“All Stiltz lifts also include a telephone system as standard in the very unlikely event of the user experiences issues whilst using the lift.

“This enables them to immediately dial for help if needed, giving reassurance to relatives and loved ones that the user is safe at all times.”

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