For some people, getting stuck in a lift is the definition of a real-life horror movie. After all, you’re stuck inside a small windowless box where there is a limited amount of air available- who wouldn’t begin to panic a little?
In order to avoid an injury, it is vital that you know how to respond in the occurrence of an unexpected elevator failure. Fortunately, the team here at Elevators Ltd know exactly what you should and shouldn’t do! In order to educate and prepare our readers, we’ve put together the following blog so you know what to do too…
DO Stay Calm – The worst thing that you can do once you realise that you are trapped inside an elevator car is start to freak out. Although it can be a nerve-wracking experience, it can get very warm if everyone inside begins to breathe heavily and panic, which will only increase the tension and make the situation worse as everyone gets too hot and bothered. Try your best to stay calm and think logically about your next move.
DO Press the Call Button – Inside every elevator there should be a button that allows you to contact someone related to the elevator company in the case of an emergency. They are often in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so there should be someone who answers to provide you with prompt assistance. Similarly, you can also press the bell inside the elevator to see if anyone on the outside hears you.
DON’T Try to Force the Doors Open – Even if you can see that the doors are open slightly, you should never force them open in order to escape because it can be very dangerous. Not only are you at risk if the elevator starts moving again, you could open the doors to find you aren’t actually level with a floor. Always wait for emergency personnel who will shut off the power before you are rescued to ensure your safety.
Knowing how exactly to stay safe if an elevator were to suddenly stop is a vital, yet rarely used, piece of information. Despite the fact that there are very few incidents where people have been trapped inside an elevator for a dangerous amount of time, it pays to be prepared! For more information about all things elevator related, get in contact with a member of the team today; we aren’t the best lift company around for nothing!