Friday, July 21, 2006

OAP Trapped by power cut

This article highlights a potential problem with mains powered stair lifts. Although a rare occurrence power cuts can strike at any time, to safeguard against this a battery powered stair lift can be installed. This means the lift will continue to work in the event of a loss of power to your home. However the stairlift should only be used sparingly at this time as the batteries will not be recharged until the power is switched back on. The downside to battery powered stairlifts is the additional maintenance costs involved. Manufacturers suggest that the batteries will need replacing every 3 years. It is also crucial to remember to keep the lift switched on at all times to ensure that the batteries are fully charged.