The majority of people believe that the most dangerous thing about an elevator would be free-falling. Interestingly, you are almost 10 times more likely to suffer a road traffic accident than find yourself in such an elevator related peril. In fact, the majority of elevator related injuries come from accidents and mistakes rather than faults with the machinery. Read on to find out a few ways to stay safe in an elevator…
Avoid in a Fire
Elevators are regarded as the most dangerous piece of machinery in the event of fire because they run the risk of people being stranded. After all, a fire is able to take control of a building extremely quickly and when they become advanced they can also affect the electrical supply to an elevator. This means that any people who try to evacuate via the elevator can be trapped very easily, so you should always use the stairs.
Every elevator is tested in a laboratory in order to determine its total weight capacity and many modern installations now come with a scale in order to help passengers know when it is best wait for another cab. Generally, every passenger should have a decent amount of space around them so if you have to squish into a cab, it is a good indication that it is being overcrowded.
Whilst the machinery that makes up an elevator is fairly reliable, the technology can be very easily overpowered. After all, it doesn’t take much for simple call and respond technology to malfunction and something as careless as pressing all the buttons, which is often done by youths, can actually break them and leave the cab out of service.
Elevator safety is our number one priority here at Elevators Ltd which is why we conduct comprehensive checks on each and every lift we install. In fact, we openly encourage our readers to invest in high quality lift maintenance in order to keep their elevator in tip top condition all year round. After all, you can never be too cautious when it comes to security! To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!