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Elevator ADA compliance is one of the most important regulations for DE businesses. Why? Elevators are integral to disabled peoples’ mobility and well-being. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that elevators—and all public spaces—are safe and accessible to everyone.

Your elevator installation, maintenance, and repair contractor should know ADA policy in detail, but here are the basics for elevator ADA compliance in DE:

  • Hall and call buttons must be mounted at 42 inches.
  • Buttons must have certain illumination levels.
  • Braille plates must be next to buttons and at entrance jambs.
  • Button diameter must be a minimum of .75 inches.
  • Two-way communication systems must be accessible to deaf/blind users.
  • Chimes or announcements must indicate passing floors.
  • Cabs must accommodate a wheelchair making a 360-degree turn.
  • Hall lantern fixtures must be mounted with centerlines at least 72 inches from the floor.
  • Doors must reopen without physical contact.
  • Emergency controls must be at the bottom of the control panel with centerlines no less than 35 inches from the floor.
  • Handrails at 30 inches.

Non-compliant elevators will cost you money—both in fines and lost business while they’re re-tooled. So, double-check your elevators this week, and give Pincus a call if you have questions. We’ve been your Delaware Valley elevator source since 1953!