When you are running late, pressing that ‘close door’ button in the elevator can seem to make all the difference. After all, they are installed for a reason, right? Wrong! After all, new research suggests that the presence of these buttons is purely aesthetical and are installed for uniformity.
Here at Elevators Ltd, we are always looking to answer the weird and wonderful questions within our industry and in this article we are going to delve into the utility of the infamous ‘close door’ button…
We are all familiar with the ‘open door’ button in an elevator that can quickly transform you into the hero of the hour when someone is running towards an elevator that is about to depart. Interestingly, these buttons function pretty well and are relatively dependable. After all, there is nothing worse than making an effort to run only to watch the elevator leave without you!
One of the most shocking truths that has been uncovered over the years is how rare ‘close door’ buttons actually are in elevators. In fact, experts suggest that just 20% of elevators in America are fitted with one. It all started when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) made it compulsory for all elevators to be fitted with features like raised buttons, braille and audible signage. In addition to this, it was also stated that the disabled must be given enough time to get inside an elevator cab, stating that the doors must remain open for at least 3-5 seconds. As a result, elevators that are fitted with a ‘close door’ button will not actually close their doors any faster than this minimum time limit due to government regulations.
For manufactures that decided to keep the button in place, the close door button acts like a placebo drug. After all, even though they are programmed not to close the doors until at least 5 seconds have passed, the mere psychological feeling of having pressed it can make you feel like the doors have closed faster.
Whilst the majority of UK elevators are said to be fitted with a ‘close door’ button, it generally varies from lift to lift how quickly the doors will close and the effectiveness of pressing the button itself. Here at Elevators Ltd, we believe that it is important for people to know what they are purchasing. If you would like to find out where we stand on ‘close door’ elevator buttons, get in contact with the best lift company around today and speak to a member of the team!