Emergencies and Your Home Elevator

Just because most emergency situations occur without warning does not mean that you shouldn’t be prepared. That’s why we design our Inclinator home elevators with a variety of important, code-compliant safety features to give you greater peace of mind.

Hopefully, you will never experience a catastrophic emergency in your home, such as a damaging fire or flood. If the unthinkable happens, or even if you experience power outages for non-emergency reasons, you can feel confident knowing your residential elevator will not present a risk to your family’s safety. And there are several actions you can take to help protect your elevator in certain situations, as well.

Today we’re taking a closer look at the built-in safety features of every Inclinator elevator, as well as what to do in emergency situations involving your elevator.

Safety features for emergency responsiveness

While all of our Inclinator Elevette models have a long list of standard safety features, perhaps the most significant features are those that help you deal with power outages.

Battery Backup

It’s true that a power failure in your home may not be due to a serious emergency, but the old trope of being stuck in an elevator during a blackout is recognizable to just about everyone because power outages are quite common. Inclinator home elevators come standard with battery backup, which lowers the cab to its lowest designated landing and opens the door if the power goes out. This means you won’t have to worry about the situation you’ve seen on TV – your Inclinator residential elevator has been carefully designed to allow you to safely exit during a power failure.

Lighting and alarms

Emergency lighting and alarm bells are also standard safety features on all Inclinator Elevette models, which can help in power outage situations. For example, if you need assistance from others during an outage, you can stay by your elevator and activate the alarm in order to be located faster. It is important to remember that this safety tip does not apply in fire emergencies. Always exit your home as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.

Optional phone in cab

While we often have our cell phones with us at all times these days, wouldn’t it be comforting to know that you have another emergency telephone option in your home? As an add-on safety feature, we offer a flush-mounted speakerphone in our elevator cabs that has a manual dialer keypad and two-way conversation capability. If you’ve misplaced your cell phone and/or do not have a working landline phone when the power is out, you can use your Inclinator home elevator’s phone to call for help, whether you need to call 911 or a friend or family member.

Be prepared for emergencies at home

While we can’t predict when emergencies will strike, we often have advance warning for things like hurricanes and potential flooding. It also helps to have general preparedness plans in case the worst should happen.

Fire safety

Have a pre-determined fire escape plan that involves several scenarios depending on where a fire might be located in your home and where you might be. For example, your escape route may vary if you are on an upper floor and the fire is in the basement versus the opposite situation.

Your plan must also take into account that elevators should never be used to escape during a fire. Flames and smoke could infiltrate the cab, or you could reach a landing and be totally blocked by fire. Your elevator’s power source and battery backup system could also be damaged or destroyed, causing your elevator to malfunction and stop between landings.

Your goal in a fire emergency is to exit the building as quickly as possible, and there are too many ways that elevators could hinder that quick exit.

Storm/flooding safety

In the case of hurricanes, tropical storms, or intense rains that may cause flooding, you may be called on to evacuate your home, especially if you live in a floodplain or near bodies of water prone to flooding. If you must leave your home and have time to prepare, you can help your elevator weather the storm by assuring it is powered off after running it to its highest landing.

Once the storm and flooding danger has passed, even if you did not get much water inside your home, contact a residential elevator service provider, such as our Inclinator Elevators & Lifts service and repair division in the Philadelphia and southern NJ region, to inspect and restart your elevator.

And, if you live in a floodplain and are considering installing a new elevator, contact us to talk about steps we can take to protect your investment. For example we can designate a default landing for your elevator that would definitely never be under water in a flooding emergency.

Routine maintenance is part of your emergency preparedness plan

Speaking of service and repair, one of the best ways to be prepared for an emergency situation with your home elevator is to assure that it is operating as it should. Routine maintenance, which should be performed at least annually, includes safety checks and diagnosing problems. And depending on your service provider, maintenance plans may be available, which often offer a discount on parts and labor for repairs.

It is not wise to continue using a residential elevator that’s experiencing issues, but in an emergency situation, a malfunctioning elevator can create a potentially dangerous hazard.

Have questions or concerns about the safety of residential elevators, or want to discuss your existing elevator’s needs? Get in contact with us here at Inclinator today.