Home Elevator Safety

Published on 2021-10-06

Safety, especially for a complex home appliance such as a home elevator; should be a key aspect that you should consider when studying the possibility of installing an elevator in your home.

Home elevators differ in their safety offering as different drive units feature different levels of complexity and require additional safety. For example, a hydraulic lift features an oil pump which requires additional safeties to avoid leakages.

The most common home elevators drive units are hydraulic, traction, vacuum, and screw drive systems. Screw drive systems make for the most reliable and simplistic of drive units, which in hand makes them the safest on the market.

Safety elements of home elevator systems: 


A telephone system inside the elevator car is required by law. Communication from inside the lift car should always be available, especially during a power outage.


Most home elevators are equipped with a Battery lowering system, which will take passengers safely to the lowest landing in the event of a power outage. Make sure you enquire about this feature when discussing a home elevator system with a supplier.


Mechanical sensors are featured in elevator cars to restrict travel. For example: around or under the elevator car. When there is an impediment, such as a piece of fabric between the lift car and the shaft; the sensor will activate. The lift car won’t resume travel until the restriction has been removed.  Mechanical sensors are therefore widely used to avoid pinching accidents.


An alarm system featured inside the lift car is required by law. A mechanical pushing button is featured inside the lift car. Upon pressure, the lift will make an audible sound to alert people in close proximity. Some manufacturers include added safety by adding a telephone system connected to the alarm. Upon continuous pressure of the alarm button for a few seconds, an emergency telephone will activate and call pre-programmed numbers.


A door interlock is a safety feature that ensures that two functions are mutually dependent (electric & mechanical). For elevators, a door interlock will prevent an elevator door to open when the elevator car is in motion. Elevator door interlocks are required by law on all elevator doors.

If you are considering installing a home elevator, is key to ensure that your chosen elevator manufacturer adheres to all safety regulations .

Cibes lift is the market leader of Vertical Platform Lift Safety. Our lifts feature a Smart Safety Circuit that connects all safety related elements in SERIES to guarantee all safety elements in your home lift will remain operational, even during a power outage. Your safety is our priority!

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