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Basic Elevator Safety Tips That You Should Know

You might know it but the elevator is the safest form of transport. The number of elevator related injuries reported annually around the world is always low. That is a good thing as it means that people take the necessary precautions. It also means that elevator designers and elevator engineering expert are doing a good job. This doesn’t mean though that one should take for granted basic elevator safety tips. The tips are there for a reason. Elevator companies and elevator consultants recommend them for a reason – they simply come in handy during emergencies. But how should one observe the rules in the first place? Here is how.

When waiting for the elevator

The thumb rule here is to know where you are going. This sounds simple but you’d be surprised how much it can help reduce anxiety should the elevator develop a sudden glitch and stop. Surveys show that people are always relaxed when the elevator halts just a floor below their destination than when it halts at least 5 floors below their destination.

The elevator buttons outside and inside the cab also matter. Press the buttons outside once and wait for the cab arrival. As you wait, stand clear off the elevator door and always give way to exiting passengers. If the car is full, wait for the next one or take the stairs. Avoid at all costs, using the cargo elevator unless you have an emergency. Remember to also refrain from attempting to stop closing for closing or opening doors.

When boarding elevators

Always watch your step when boarding the elevator. That is because the elevator cab may not be at the same level with the floor. This can easily cause tripping and in rare cases, serious injuries. It is also advisable to keep carry-ons and clothes away from the elevator opening. Then if you have children and pets, hold them firmly. Observe all these rules if the elevator you intend to use is a busy one. 

When exiting

People hardly ever think of their actions when exiting elevators. This shouldn’t be the case as there have been injuries reported that have a lot to do with negligence when exiting the elevator. The rules are simple. First off, exit immediately at your destination. Avoid waiting for anyone behind you. Remember to be mindful of the people around you. That means you shouldn’t push them as you exit.

In the event of an emergency

This is where it gets interesting. Panic and anxiety will do you no good. So try to relax. Remember that there is enough air in the elevator. The chances of your suffocating are therefore minimal. The next safety tip is to avoid climbing out of a stalled elevator. Your best bet is to use the HELP or ALARM button.

Remember that the emergency lighting will turn itself on if the elevator stopped because of a major technical problem. The smoke alarm will the ring if the building is on fire. So watch out for these signs before you can conclude that you are in danger. Wait for help to arrive as you try to call a loved one. If you have a phone, tablet, laptop or any other gadget you can use to communicate, use it sparingly. The last thing you would want is to get stuck in an elevator with a dead phone.

Knocking the elevator door

Knock the door by using your shoes and try to call out for help. Do this only when you’ve been stuck for hours and there hasn’t been any form or response. The goal is to get the attention of anyone outside so that help can be rendered in the fastest time possible.




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