Safety Topic: Elevator Safety
Although elevators are relatively safe, following simple guidelines can help further improve passenger safety. It’s important not only to know how to properly ride elevators, but also what to do if the elevator becomes stalled.
When Waiting for Elevators:
-Stand clear of the elevator doors and stand aside for exiting passengers.
-If the arriving car is full, wait for the next car.
-Don’t attempt to maneuver in or stop closing doors, wait for the next car.
-In the event of a fire or other situation that could lead to a disruption in electrical services, take the stairs.
When Boarding and Exiting Elevators:
-Watch your step – the elevator car may not be perfectly level with the floor.
-Stand clear of the doors – keep clothes and carry-ons away from the opening.
-Passengers nearest to the doors should move first when the car arrives.
-Push and hold the "door open" button if doors need to be held open, or ask someone to push the button for you.
-Never try to stop a closing door, wait for the next car.
In the Event of an Elevator Emergency:
-If the elevator should ever stop between floors, do not panic. There is plenty of air in the elevator.
-Never climb out of a stalled elevator.
-Use the "alarm" or "help" button, the telephone or the intercom to call for assistance.
-Above all, wait for qualified help to arrive and never try to leave an elevator that has not stopped normally.
Elevators are safe, but not foolproof. They are inspected once every year as evidenced by a certificate posted in the elevator. Elevators must comply with the safety codes of the American National Standards Institute. Proper elevator maintenance also ensures that when an emergency happens, elevator safety features – call button, alarms, etc. – will work as intended.