What to Do If You’re Trapped in An Elevator
We’ve all been there, the elevator stops, we freak out, and then it starts moving again. But what would you do if the elevator never started moving again? It’s a daunting thought, but it’s surely one that will have crossed many people’s minds as they feel the fear of never reaching their floor. Here are some useful steps to take if you ever find yourself in this situation, or at least to go over in your head as you fear the worst.
Step 1 – Try Not to Panic
It may be easier said than done, but when you panic, you’ll not only be causing more distress to yourself, but also to your fellow elevator passengers. Keep calm and make sure you address the situation strategically, not fueled by emotions of distress and panic. This can increase the chances of you getting out of there much faster and keep a level of peace in the small space, where you might be for some time. If you find it hard not to panic, then try some breathing exercises that will calm your mind and allow you to focus on your breath, rather than the situation at hand.
Step 2 – Don’t Drain Your Battery
Since there may be no light in there, you might need to use the one on your phone to figure out how many people are with you in the elevator and what the symbols on the buttons say. If you are alone, this is even more important since the pressure will be on you to find yourself out of there and any reassurance from the outside world will be crucial to your sanity.
Step 3 – Start Pressing Buttons
The first button you should try is the “door open” button because it might be that this has got jammed at some point and all you need to do is release it to set yourself free. After trying this one, you can also try the “door close” button and press both intermittently, before trying to press a number to a below floor. When doing this, be mindful not to get stressed and jam all the buttons out of anger because you could be doing yourself more harm than good as you damage electrical circuits.
After attempts at moving up and down and in or out have been exhausted, press the call or alarm button to signal for help. Once you have been rescued from the elevator, an experienced elevator service company like ATIS can come to repair the machinery and offer regular inspections to ensure that it remains in good, working condition for the future.
Remember these steps for if ever you happen to fall into such a situation, making sure that you remain calm and think logically the whole way through. The chances of you actually being in grave danger from being stuck in the lift are considerably low and calls to emergency services are taken very seriously, with a usual response time of around 30 minutes. So, the final piece of advice is to sit and wait patiently.