It would be a nightmare scenario. You’re just on your way back from lunch in a cramped sauna of a lift when, all of a sudden, the lift stops moving and the lights go out. There are roller coasters and horror films themed on such a traumatic situation, and that’s because it can be incredibly frightening. It’s an enclosed, windowless space that is suspended in mid-air, and now it’s decided to break down on you. Yikes!

But don’t worry, we’re here at Elevators Ltd to make sure that your lifts are properly serviced and maintained, so that you never have to worry about a breakdown occurring. But, just in case you do find yourself in a nightmare scenario, we’re going to quickly run you through a few tips on how to survive.

Don’t Panic!

At the risk of sounding like a beloved character from ‘Dad’s Army’, the most important part of getting through a lift breakdown is making sure that you don’t panic. It can be a shock to the system if you suddenly find yourself trapped, but it’s crucial that you take some deep breaths and remind yourself that you’re going to be okay. If you let yourself panic, then your heart rate will increase and you’ll find it difficult to think clearly, which makes the situation much worse. Plus, if you start to panic, then those around you may then have a similar reaction, which could then escalate into chaos. Basically, you need to keep it cool.

The Call Button Is There For A Reason

It’s not just there for show, and the emergency call button is incredibly important in this situation. Although it may sound like common sense, it can be easy to forget all about this button when you start to panic- you may feel completely isolated when you become trapped, but you need to remember that the call button is there for you to call for aid. Once you press the button, you will be able to speak to a lift technician who will then offer further assistance.

Try To Open The Door

A bit like telling someone with a broken laptop to “try turning it off and on again”, you should try pressing the “door open” button if you have become trapped. Again, this is easily forgotten in the sudden panic of realising you are stuck, but it might just be that the door doesn’t know that it has to open- or, more commonly, you are in a lift that requires you to press this button again in order to get out.

At Elevators Ltd, we offer professional lift engineers that are experts in a range of lift maintenance services, and we help to prevent people finding themselves trapped in a broken lift. To find out more information on the services that we provide, please contact our dedicated team.