What You Should do if You get Stuck in an Elevator

Being trapped in an elevator is one of the most unpleasant experiences you can have. It happens far more often than you might think. If you’re a working professional who uses an elevator every day, you’ve got about a 1 in 5,000 chance of getting stuck each month. Your chances of getting stuck every month if you use an elevator daily for 25 years are 1 in 17.

These are 7 things to do if you get stuck in an elevator

Are you stuck in an elevator while you read this? If you don’t have service, call 9-1-1 using your cell phone. Continue reading if you don’t have service. In no time, you’ll be an elevator escape artist.

1. Keep calm.

Keep your head clear so that you don’t endanger your safety. Clear thinking will make it easier to make good decisions. Try to calm down others who are in the elevator with you. To avoid hyperventilation, do a breathing exercise and count down to 100. Your life is not at risk because apartment elevators are extremely safe.

2. Find a light source.

You’ve likely already used your keychain light or turned on the elevator lights if they are out. You should not drain your phone’s battery. You can use the flashlight to locate the elevator buttons and count the number of people in the elevator.

3. Press the “door open” button.

Sometimes, an elevator stuck in a doorway will require some troubleshooting that you can do by yourself. To test if the elevator works, press the “door open” button. Next, press the “door shut” button. These can jam and cause an elevator to stop. If neither of these buttons work, you can try pressing the button to move to a different floor. This quick fix may make you laugh, but it could save you a lot of time and stress. These buttons may not be working. This could cause damage to the electronics.

4. Press the Call button.

You can use your flashlight to locate the “call” button. It is usually marked with an image of a telephone. It will notify a technician to help you. The maintenance team will be notified by the alarm that the elevator is not working. Once you have successfully connected with a maintenance technician they will be on the way.

5. Press the alarm button

An elevator’s alarm button is typically connected to a bell. This ringing alerts people that someone is trapped and requires assistance. Ring the bell frequently if you can’t contact maintenance. The alarm will be heard by everyone in the building and they will notify anyone who can help you.

6. For assistance, call.

If that doesn’t work, you can try shouting for help. A shoe or another object can be banged on the door. A sound can travel through the elevator shaft well and alert others in the building that you are in need of assistance. It may seem difficult but it is possible. Keep calm and keep your voice low.

7. It will be worth it.

Even if you don’t do any of these steps, you still have a good chance of getting out of an apartment elevator in a matter of minutes. Nearly everyone in the building will notice that the elevator isn’t working properly and will request assistance.

Once you have made contact with emergency personnel or maintenance, don’t panic. Elevator entrapment calls should be taken seriously. You’ll likely be freed in no more than 30 minutes.

Talk to your neighbors while you wait! Talk to your neighbors about their lives, work, hobbies, and other interests. If you are alone, you can distract yourself with whatever you have or take a power nap.

Usually they get stuck because of the lack of quality in elevator parts. That is why it is important to have good lift spare parts.