Home elevator revised safety code to protect children

Residential Elevator Safety Code Updates

Revisions to residential elevator safety code ASME 17.1/CSA B44 have been added to prevent entrapment and injury of small children between the hoistway door and the car door. Crown Elevator Company follows these safety codes to ensure the safety of our customers.

Safety code revisions
Source: Inclinator Company of America

What Is ASME 17.1/CSA B44?

ASME 17.1/CSA B44 are national safety standards prepared by dedicated elevator industry professionals with high levels of expertise. ASME 17.1/CSA B44-2016 was published on November 30, 2016.

Code Changes

These code changes focus on decreasing the space between the hoistway door and elevator car door.

  • The space between the hoistway door and the car door must be limited, so folding doors reject a 4-inch diameter ball at all points along the gate. For sliding doors, this applies to any 4″ x 4″ area.
  • The distance between the hoistway face of the hoistway doors and the hoistway edge of the landing sill may not exceed 3/4″ for swinging doors.
  • Any car door must withstand a force of 75 lb. without warping, or displacing the car door from its guide/tracks, so that small children cannot wedge themselves between the two doors.
  • Deflection limited to no more than ¾” to minimize give and decrease the likelihood of accidents.

Is This Code Change Mandatory?

ASME 17.1/CSA B44 are national safety standards. State and local governments use these standards as guidance for requirements that are required by law. This code is mandatory in New Jersey, effective March 2, 2020.

Crown Elevator Company’s Commitment to Safety

Crown Elevator Company is committed to your safety. We sell and install residential elevators that are compliant to safety code ASME 17.1/CSA B44-2016. If you have any questions about residential elevator safety codes and compliance, please contact us.

Safety Recommendations for Older Residential Elevators

If you have an older home elevator, you should consider modification of the door jambs to bring your elevator up to code for safety reasons. Please contact us for more information.