Although the elevator is considered one of the safest methods of transportation within a building, many people are still unwilling to put their faith in the engineering marvel itself. Here at Elevators Ltd, we believe that the mechanical components in a lift are one of the best feats of technology and our elevators are provided with an in-depth inspection before they are installed and certified for use. Read on as we go over a few top tips that will ensure safety at all times when using an elevator…
Can an overcrowded elevator free-fall?
Perhaps the most misunderstood concept of elevator design is the belief that the cables holding up a cab can ‘snap’ and cause passengers to free-fall to their demise. Luckily, this is incredibly unlikely because the steel cables used in traction elevators are so strong that just one can withstand the weight of a cab. With this said, it is important not to overcrowd an elevator as testing the weight limits may not lead to free-falling, but it can reduce the efficiency of the system.
Why is using an elevator during an active fire unsafe?
The first thing that children often learn about elevators is that they are incredibly unsafe in the event of a fire. This is because fire has the power to spread very easily and can damage the electrical supply to a cab, causing passengers to become trapped without any means of escape. In addition to this, an elevator shaft can also fill with smoke that can be incredibly dangerous when inhaled.
Will the air supply run out when trapped in a lift?
Those with a fear of being trapped inside an elevator often worry about the air supply and how long it would last in such situations. Luckily, this is often a Hollywood trope as modern lifts are fitted with a continuous oxygen supply that will keep passengers in tip top condition until help arrives, should they ever find themselves trapped inside a broken-down cab.
Many people are surprised to discover that elevators are over 20 times safer than sitting behind the wheel of a car! After all, hundreds of years of mechanical expertise has gone into the design and development of the modern elevators we know and recognise today. With this said, it is very important that passengers use a cab with safety in mind and never use a lift during an active fire. To find out more information, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!