Elevators are a modern-day convenience that many people seem to take for granted. And while most people understand the basic operation of an elevator along with the commonly accepted elevator etiquette, there are some lesser known elevator safety tips that more people need to be aware of. By being aware of how to handle a situation where you’re stuck in an elevator, you’ll have the best chances of getting out safely and in a timely manner.
DO Look for a Call Button or Alarm
As soon as you realize the elevator is stuck, you’ll want to contact somebody on the outside for help right away. Most modern elevators have either an alarm button or a call button. The call button should automatically connect you to the local fire department so that you can alert them of your location and situation. If the elevator doesn’t have a call button, press the alarm button, which should be loud enough that people outside of the elevator shaft can hear it. If your cell phone has reception and there’s no call button, call your local emergency line.
DO Remain Calm
If you have a panic attack in the elevator, nobody is going to be able to help you (unless you’re lucky enough that another person on the elevator happens to be a doctor or nurse), so remain as calm as possible. Understand that elevators are designed to be very safe, so as long as you can hang tight for a few hours, you will be fine. To pass the time, consider reading a book (if you have one available), making small talk with others on the elevator, playing tic-tac-toe, or anything else you can think of. Just refrain from using your cell phone when it’s not needed because you don’t want to drain the battery.
DON’T Open Doors
Never try to open the door of an elevator, even if your elevator is stuck. Manufactures design elevator doors to only open from the outside, never the inside. For this reason, refrain from try to pry the door open with your fingers. You could cause injury to your hands, fingers, or other appendages.
These are just a few dos and don’ts that you can practice in the event of getting stuck; by doing so, you’ll have a better chance of getting rescued as soon as possible and staying safe in the meantime. When you need elevator service or repair, call Golden State Elevator Service Inc.