If you’ve been thinking about installing a stairlift in your property, you may feel concerned about the safety and wellbeing of your pets. Bringing anything new into your home, whether it’s a brand new armchair or a stairlift, can throw your pets off and confuse them, so it’s important you take some extra steps to keep them safe.
A stairlift is a mechanical addition to your home; it’s highly likely it will intrigue some pets and scare others. The most important thing you can do is ensure your pets do not get injured in any way while you use a stairlift in your home.
Below, our stairlift experts have put together some top tips for pet safety around stairlifts.
Some stairlifts come with sensors, whereas others can have sensors installed. Sensors automatically detect any obstructions on the stairs and stop the stairlift to prevent it from running over anything, including a pet. The stairlift will only move again once the obstruction has been moved.
If you’re not as steady on your feet as you used to be, we recommend choosing a stairlift with a swivel chair. Your pet may try to get under your feet as you exit the stairlift; this can be extremely distracting and even cause you to fall. Using a swivel chair can improve your balance when using the lift and reduce the risk of a fall, especially when there are pets running around.
The safety features and sensors on your stairlift all need to be fully working and in top condition to ensure you and your pets remain as safe as possible. The best way to ensure your stairlift is working correctly is to book in a service. Your stairlift should be serviced regularly by the professionals to ensure it’s in full working condition.
At Alfix, we supply and install a range of stairlifts. We have slimline systems for narrow stairs and unique custom-built systems to overcome access difficulties on difficult staircases. Visit our website to learn more about us.