Being stuck in a lift is a scary scenario. Just the fact that the clock is ticking away without having any idea when you will be able to get out is enough to drive you mad. You could be late for an important engagement. Worse, claustrophobia could set in.
While such mishaps in the lift do not necessarily equate to a life or death situations, the mere fact that you are stuck in a situation where you cannot save yourself can be exasperating. Even if such incidents do not normally occur, it still pays to be ready should the event come when you least expect it.
Electra Lift Co., premier lift consultants in Sydney and Canberra, offers these reminders.
Keep Calm and Do Not Panic
As clichéd as it may sound, the first, and most important, thing to do is to always remain calm. Panicking can only serve to complicate your situation and even spread the atmosphere of hopelessness should you be stuck with other people in the lift. Keep calm and do not panic. It only serves to add tension to the situation. In addition, panicking and screaming for help, apart from being pointless, causes you to use up the air faster. Bear in mind that you are not sure when you will be able to get out, so conserve your energy. While most lifts are generally well-ventilated, it still pays to be sure.
Ring for Help
Press the emergency button and wait for help to arrive. Avoid the impulse to just keep pressing all the buttons in front of you. It may be a simple malfunction. Try pressing the floors for different floors. When that still fails, then you can press the emergency button. Even if it does not function, most lifts have CCTV cameras installed, so that building authorities will always be aware of such incidents. It is highly likely that they have professional maintenance services.
In the unlikely event of all these safety features not being in place, you can always make use of your own mobile phone to notify the authorities.
No one wants to get stuck in a lift. It is a possibility, however, that can happen to anyone at any given time.