We know this is some people’s worst nightmare. Enough for them to opt for choosing to climb nine flights of stairs just to avoid taking the lift. However sometimes your legs are too tired to climb the stairs, you’ve twisted your ankle on the way to work or it will simply get you to your meeting faster as you’re already running late.
That’s why we’ve created this helpful list of what to do if you find yourself trapped in a lift; Giving you peace of mind knowing you have the knowledge of what to do if the instance was ever to occur. Or maybe you’re googling this with your last remaining battery life whilst you are trapped in a lift.
Whatever your reason for needing this knowledge, here’s what you need to do:
It’s natural to start panicking as all those scenes from Hollywood movies start replaying in your mind of lifts plummeting to the ground. You’re not just suspended by a piece of string at this moment, lifts are counterweighted meaning you won’t be plummeting to the ground any soon. The design and manufacture of lifts today are far more advanced than that.
So take a few deep breaths, remind yourself you’re as safe as you’ll ever be, and focus your thoughts. A clear head makes smarter decisions on how to get out of emergency situations.
If you’re in a lift with others, try to keep them calm too. Offer them reassuring and comforting words. Maybe avoid starting a discussion about which was your final destination movie.
Find a light source
If the lights on the elevator are out, you’ve probably already pulled your phone out to use either the glow from the screen or the torch on the back. It would be a good idea to conserve your phone’s battery by switching it to low power mode, reducing the brightness of the screen and torch. Use your phone at important moments in order not to burn out too soon.
Try to see through the crack of the elevator doors, if you can see light it’s more than likely you’ve stopped at a floor as opposed to heavens lights shining down on you. Even if you can see light on the other side, it isn’t a wise idea to try to use your hulk strength to open the doors just yet.
This may be substantially easier if you find yourself trapped in a glass lift.
Have you tried turning it on and off again?
Yes, this approach works even if you’re trapped in a lift. There is a wide range of buttons to choose from in most lifts. We recommend starting with the doors open and close buttons, give them a press and see what happens. Sometimes lift doors get jammed which by default may stop the lift. Failing this try pressing for the floor below you.
If these options don’t work, don’t start aggressively jamming the buttons in hopes to jumpstart the lift. You may break the electronic panel and that wouldn’t be ideal.
Time to start pressing the call button
There may be a range of passenger lifts however they all have one key feature in common, a call button. This button is pretty self-explanatory, look for the button with a phone on it. Definitely, a key moment to make use of the phone battery for some light to find it.
This will alert the technician and maintenance staff that there is an issue with the lift and you need help. If the button works, fear not, help is on the way.
Sound the alarm
In every lift installation, there is an alarm button hooked up to a bell that rings to alert people that someone is stuck inside and needs assistance. If you are unable to contact maintenance, ring the bell periodically. People in the building are very likely to hear the alarm and notify someone who can assist you.
Warm up the vocal cords, time to start yelling
It’s not ideal but if it’s been a substantial amount of time since you’ve done all the previous steps and it doesn’t seem like they’ve worked, or maybe they have worked and you’d like to add an additional element of drama, it’s time to start yelling.
Remember to remain calm whilst you’re yelling, maybe take off a shoe and bang for help on the wall. If you’re sharing the elevators with others, be mindful to make your yelling seem calm and in control as opposed to a desperate manic frenzied bid for help in your final moments.
You’ll be alright, wait it out
Even if you do none of the steps above, you have an excellent chance of escaping the lift within minutes. People throughout the building like yourself won’t want to take the stairs and will notice straight away when that becomes their only option, alerting maintenance straight away for the inconvenience.
Lift entrapments are taking incredibly seriously and it’s more than likely that you will be freed within thirty minutes.
In the meantime, sit tight, get comfortable. Get to know your lift neighbours, share your snacks, bond with each other, list all the things you going to do once you’re free, talk about your dogs and tell them your holiday plans for the year. It’ll be over soon.
Now you know what to do, you can ride rest assured in any existing building lift with peace of mind.