Elevators are complex pieces of equipment just like cars and other heavy machinery. They require regular maintenance and repairs. When they are not maintained properly they do not work properly. Also like any other type of heavy equipment, elevators experience “glitches” that can lead to an inoperable machine. Getting stuck in an elevator, though inconvenient and potentially dangerous, doesn’t have to be the nightmare we all think it is.
If this should ever happen to you, follow these recommendations from HLN TV:
- Take a deep breath. Whether you are stuck alone or with several people, try to remain calm and just breathe.
- Press the call button. All elevators have them. Some elevators even have emergency phones. If so, use it, because it might mean a quicker repair and rescue.
- Sit back and relax. You may have to stand (if it’s crowded) but try not to be fidgety, it will only make you more uncomfortable.
Try to hang in there (you obviously can’t go anywhere) so stay positive, help is on the way!