New safety campaign to help highlight differences between through-floor lifts for healthcare professionals
Targeted at occupational therapists, healthcare professionals and users, Stiltz Homelifts has launched a new ‘safety first’ campaign to showcase the difference between the various through-the-floor lifts available.
Gino Farruggio, UK Trade Sales Director of Stiltz Homelifts, said the domestic lift specialist is keen to raise awareness among users, occupational therapists and healthcare professionals 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, Gino emphasised, whereas Stiltz Homelifts can be used standing or perching, rather than having to be seated.
In addition, Gino explained that a Stiltz Homelift immediately stops when the light curtain is breached as it is fully enclosed with no safety edges, giving users greater peace of mind. Stiltz also offers the option of a full height door, which further eliminates the potential risk of the user becoming trapped.
“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,” added Gino.
“We’re also able to announce 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 its campaign, Stiltz is also highlighting the different specifications available for each model of lift, such as the sizes of lift available and power supply options. For example, the range of Stiltz Homelifts include the two-person compact Duo+ Homelift and wheelchair-accessible Trio+ Homelift.
Gino said: “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.
“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.
“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.”