From skyscrapers to accessibility, the elevator is a modern contraption that provides a variety of benefits within society. After all, many people couldn’t travel between the floors of a building without them. With this said, there are a handful of situations when we should abandon the idea of the elevator and opt for the stairs instead, such as the outbreak of a fire. Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over some important reasons why using an elevator during an uncontained fire is incredibly dangerous and should never be an option…
How long does an elevator cab take to arrive?
The average elevator will take 20-30 seconds to arrive once the call button has been pressed and this often depends on the height of the building in question. With this said, time is of the essence when it comes to fire because those 30 seconds could be the difference between life and death. As a result, it is more effective to spend the time descending a staircase to safety rather than waiting around for an elevator cab to arrive.
Can an active fire damage the electricals?
Even if an elevator cab arrives very quickly, the electronics that control it can become affected during a fire and this means that the risk of being trapped inside a cab increases significantly. This is incredibly dangerous because the fire crew may not be aware of the entrapment until the fire is under control and the missing people are accounted for. As a result, it is much safer to follow the crowds through an emergency exit rather than travel via elevator and risk being trapped.
Does an elevator shaft collect smoke during a fire?
An elevator shaft is effectively a large open space within a building and since smoke has the ability to travel through the smallest gaps due to its gaseous state, it is possible for a large amount of it to collect within the shaft. Usually this doesn’t affect people during evacuation, however, opening the elevator doors in order to use a cab during a fire will release this smoke and reduce the amount of oxygen that is available for people to breathe. Since severe smoke inhalation can lead to loss of consciousness in just 30 seconds, the elevator doors should always remain closed during a fire.
Here at Elevators Ltd, we put all of our cabs through rigorous and strict testing in order to ensure that they are safe for everyday use. After all, they are man-made contraptions which means that the mechanics require routine human inspections in order to keep them in tip top condition for as long as possible. With this said, an elevator should never be used during a fire because the risk of entrapment is too high. To find out more information about fire safety and elevators, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!