When choosing any mobility product, how safe it is to use is paramount to customers. At Lifton Home Lifts, we have designed our range of domestic lifts to put safety first, and our products use state-of-the-art technology to ensure they are entirely safe to use, enabling our customers to have total peace of mind. Here we outline some of our key safety features and explain how they work.


Lifton home lifts have a range of different sensors built in to enable the domestic lift to work as safely as possible, and to stop immediately if the lift is not operating, as it should.

One such sensor is known as the ‘half height light curtain’ which is a sensor situated at the entrance to the lift. This sensor detects if this barrier is crossed, at which point the lift will stop moving.

The weight limit sensor prevents the lift from travelling if its load exceeds the weight limit, and similarly the out of balance sensors will detect if the lift is ever out of balance and prevent the unit from travelling.

Safety Lid Plug

As Lifton home lifts work by travelling through an aperture cut into the floor, the safety lid pug is a crucial feature of the product. It perfectly and neatly plugs the space in the floor when the lift is in the downstairs position. The lid is strong enough to stand on and you can place your original flooring on top to blend in, meaning that when the lift is not in the room it the lift disappears almost completely.

Top and Bottom Safety Pans

Another vital safety feature of Lifton lifts is the obstruction sensing covers, by which the lift can detect objects above or below the domestic lift, causing it to immediately stop.

Key Switch Operation

Although normally powered at the touch of a button, sometimes an owners may need to isolate the lift completely when, for example, going on holiday, or when grandchildren are visiting. The key switch allows the owner to override the normal function of the lift at the turn of a key.

Hold-To-Run Controls

In order to operate the lift, the user needs to keep constant pressure on the controls. If the operator stops pressing the button, the lift will stop travelling allowing the person using the lift to feel in total control.

Fall Arrest Mechanism

Lifton domestic lifts use two very strong cables which wind around a drum in the top of the car and the whole lift car is supported by two vertical rails. In the unlikely event these cables become slack, our patented ‘Fall Arrest Mechanism’ starts working. The system acts as an ‘emergency brake’ that prevents the elevator from falling or moving.

Emergency Stop Button

Every Lifton home lift, including the TRIO range of wheelchair lifts, is also installed with an emergency stop button, positioned front and centre, for use in the event of an emergency.