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Read About Elevator Safety Requirements and More


Problem and Requirements

Many home elevators have been installed with gaps between the hoistway swing door and the collapsible gate—creating a serious safety issue. A fully code complainant elevator per the ASME ANSI A17.1 National SafetyCode for Elevators- Section 5.3 Private Residences Elevators states that the hoistway must meet these requirements.

ASME of the above-referenced code clearance between the hoistway doors or gates and the landings sills and car doors or gates effective May 2016.

Clearance requirements within a private residence state:

  • The clearance between the hoistway face of the hoistway doors and the hoistway edge of the landing sill shall not exceed 3/4″ (0.75 in).

  • The distance between the hoistway face of the landing door and the car door or gate shall not exceed 4” (inches).



A young child or pet can get caught in the space between the swing door and the collapsible gate when the elevator goes into motion.


A Baffle to close the gap and help prevent a swing door from locking and trapping a pet or child. The plastic baffle is installed on the hoistway swing door and prevents a gap between the doors.