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Home Elevator Safety-Are Home Elevators Safe?

Elevators in the home are highly beneficial as well as safe. Residential elevators provide ease of access to other floors in the home, provide a safer route for carrying things from floor to floor, and adds significant value to your house.

Are Home Elevators Safe?

Yes they are. Aside from the best quality and durability of our manufacturers’ products, they’re equipped with features that prevent injury and misuse. Home elevator regulations cover everything from the construction of the elevator shaftway, weight limit, speed, and travel distance.

Safety Features of a Residential Elevator

While each state has different rules and regulations, they all require safety mechanisms and codes to meet in order to pass inspection.

Door Interlocks

Many states including Connecticut require door interlocks at each landing to prevent any door accessing the elevator from being open if the cab is not at that particular landing.

Safety Sensors

There are two main types of safety sensors for home elevators: door sensors and pit sensors.

Door Sensor

Door sensors prevent the elevator doors from closing if an object is detected. They use infrared or LED lighting to create a curtain of sorts, illuminating the entry way to the elevator cab at the landing.

Pit Sensor

Elevator pit sensors detect anything that might be in the pit and if something is detected, the elevator will not operate.

Fire Alarm

Fire alarms are required for operation. They must be installed in the shaftway.

3″ Rule

The 3″ rule as it applies to home elevators refers to the space at the footing between the elevator and the landing. The rule says that the space cannot exceed 3″. This ensures that people and small pets do not fall through and trap them.

Elevator Phone

A landline must be active and connected to the cab phone inside the elevator.

Emergency Backup

An uninterruptible power supply is required for home elevators and is located inside the machine room. In the event of a power failure (power outage or shortage), the battery backup activates and lowers the cab to the first stop so you can exit safely.

 

Applicable Elevator Codes:

The Uniform Building Code (UBC) references the IBC (International Building Code) which references ASME A17.1.

Residential elevators are addressed in Part 5.3 of the ASME A17.1 code.

  • 5.3.1 Private Residence Electric Elevators
  • 5.3.2 Private Residence Hydraulic Elevators

This 2012 edition provides updated cross-references and additional guidelines to coordinate with A17.1-2007.  It also features new guidelines on machine room-less (MRL) configurations.

Local jurisdictions need to be reviewed for additional compliance items and local regulations.

Example : California has its own set of Safety orders for elevators.

  • Division of Occupational Safety and Health – Title 8 regulations
  • Division 1. Department of Industrial Relations
  • Chapter 4. Division of Industrial Safety
  • Subchapter 6. Elevator Safety Orders
  • Group 4
  • Article 41
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Benefits of a Home Elevator

Benefits of a Home Elevator

 

As times change and people live longer, more and more homeowners are installing elevators in their homes. Having a home elevator is an affordable solution for many needs and purposes. Whether you need to negotiate different levels of your home, looking to increase your home value or simply planning for the future, a home elevator is a wise investment.

 

Home Elevators Increase Home Value

Many home flippers are taking advantage of the instant dollar signs that come with putting an elevator in a house. Not only does it appeal to a larger home buying market, it can add $150,000 instantly to your home’s price.

Aging in Place

Aging in place is what everyone wants. When we are young and able, we don’t anticipate the effects of getting older. After age 65, many people have trouble getting up and down stair cases, in and out of bathtubs, etc. These situations can be a deal breaker for living in your own home- causing you to sell your home to live in a home that wasn’t originally your dream home, assisted living, or forced to move in with a family member or loved one. With the growing rates of assisted living and nursing homes, one could reason that the price of an elevator would cost less than three to four months of living in assisted/retirement communities.

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Home Elevator is a Luxury

Home elevators are helpful in many ways, but also a luxury item. In larger homes, they certainly make life easier when traveling between floors. Home elevators can be customized with elaborate materials such as high end woods, marble, custom glass shaftways, and even gold.

Home Elevators Save Space

In the state of Connecticut, if you build a ramp, you must have 12 inches of length for every inch of rise (1:12). This can take up a great deal of space, very quickly. A home elevator takes up no more than 18 square feet in the home, saving far more space than that of a ramp.

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Elevator Warranty

One of the best parts of having an elevator is being covered by warranty. Most manufacturers offer a standard 2-3 year warranty that will protect the home owner. Please note that regular service must be part of maintenance required for coverage under warranty. Elevator Service Company, Inc. has monthly, quarterly, biannual, and annual maintenance contracts that save time, money, and repairs.

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Connecticut Elevator Oligopoly Gives Vets a Lift

Connecticut Elevator Oligopoly Gives Vets a Lift

Torrington, CT—Local small business owners and philanthropists, Steve Roth and Paul Farnsworth of Elevator Service Company, Inc of Torrington, CT, have the honor of participating in a new program surrounding Veterans in the mobility world. According to the 2014 US Census, more than 1 million Veterans were reported to have a disability rating of 70 % or higher.

A Lift for a Vet” program, funded entirely by donation, allows the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IEUC) to buy and install vertical transportation equipment for veterans for the better use of their homes.

“Elevator Service Company follows the ‘A Lift for a Vet’ mission to provide the means to an independent life to as many veterans as possible. Through ESCO’s resources, we make ‘A Lift for a Vet’ possible.”

-Steve Roth

Elevator Service Company (ESCO) is a licensed elevator installer in the state of Connecticut. Located in downtown Torrington, satellite offices include Bridgeport and Waterbury, with field offices in Groton and Greenwich.

 

Elevator Service Company has been highly regarded in the community and has been named winner of many awards including “Business of the Year” for 2015 and 2016 by the Home Builder’s and Remodeler’s Association. Other awards include Elevator World Magazine’s Photo Contest Winner for 2015, as well as multiple HOBI (Home Building Industry) awards.

Elevator Service Company Inc., located at 47 Water Street in Torrington specializes in vertical transportation for both residential, commercial, and municipal buildings, as well as homes. Elevator Service Company Inc. was established in 1948 and is licensed in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. 80% of their business is in residences. Vertical transportation solutions for residential applications provided by Elevator Service Company Inc. include, but are not limited to, stair chairs , residential wheelchair lifts, vertical platform lifts,residential inclined platform lifts, residential dumbwaiters, conventional residential elevators, and pneumatic vacuum elevators. Products for commercial application include commercial elevators, commercial dumbwaiters , commercial inclined wheelchair lifts, commercial vertical platform lifts, material lifts.

Elevators are hugely beneficial in a residence for improving quality of life and drastically increasing the value of a home.

For a complete list of products and services, or to learn more, please visit http://www.elevatorserviceco.com.

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