It is no secret that the design of the elevator is something that has been carefully planned over decades of trial and error. After all, even the infamous emergency safety brake that was invented in the mid 1850’s has been drastically improved upon in order to ensure that each elevator is safe for use. Elevator buttons are perhaps the most recognised tools within a cabs design, however, there are many different types and this can leave passengers confused. Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over everything a property owner needs to know prior to purchase…

What are the different elevator buttons?

Apart from the floor numbers, an elevator tends to feature a number of different buttons located on a panel near the doors. These include an ‘open’ button, which is often depicted by horizontal triangles facing away from one another; a ‘close’ button, which is usually the opposite and is characterised by two horizontal triangles facing towards one another; and an emergency stop button, which is only to be used in serious circumstances such as a medical crisis in order to bring a cab to a halt on the next floor.

Common myths about elevator buttons

Although the concept of an elevator button may sound simple, there are some common misconceptions that people blindly believe. For example, pressing a ‘close door’ button on an elevator in order to ‘speed up’ the time it takes to close the doors is a false ideal that actually makes no difference. After all, most elevator doors close at a pre-programmed speed and many do not even respond to the ‘close door’ button at all since this could effectively put people in danger. Despite this, manufacturers still include them in order to complete the overall design of a cab.

Is Braille important in an elevator?

Since the elevator is the most effective way for those with a disability to navigate the different floors of a building, it is important that they fall in line with the Disability Discrimination Act and cater to every member of society equally. In fact, this means that every cab should be fitted with Braille translations that allow the blind or sight-impaired to use an elevator without relying on the assistance of others.

An elevator button is possibly one of the most common design features inside an elevator cab, however, it is important that they are used correctly. After all, giving into the urge to press all the buttons at once can actually cause a malfunction within the electronics and leave the entire cab suck on a particular floor in need of an emergency engineer. Here at Elevators Ltd, our elevator buttons are fitted with Braille as per the Equality Act 2010. To find out more information, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the team today!