Elevator Safety

Calling the Car

Press the "Up" or "Down" button only once; repeated pushing of the button won’t bring an elevator faster. Look for the signal or listen to the announcement of your car’s arrival.

Registering Your Floor

Once you’re on board, press the button for your floor. Move to the rear end of the car to make room for other passengers. If you need to keep the doors opened for longer duration than the programmed time, press and hold the "Door Open" button.

Do Not Touch the Doors

If the doors begin to close as you are about to enter, promptly step back and wait for the next car. Using your hand, foot or objects like umbrellas or briefcases to stop the doors may cause injury to you. Remember, some older versions of elevators may not have doors which retract automatically.

Door Safety

Don’t hold the doors open by activating the door-edge safety device. If you hear a buzzing sound while you’re holding the doors open, it means the system needs to get the car moving immediately. Release the door so the elevator can begin its trip.

Watch for Levelling

Watch your step while entering and exiting the car. Ensure that the car has come to a complete halt and that the floor surfaces are even before crossing the doorway.

Efficiency and Courtesy

When an elevator arrives, stand aside and let passengers exit first. Gender or age has nothing to do with who should enter or exit first. Passengers closest to the door should move out first.

In the Event of an Elevator Emergency

  • Should the elevator ever stop between floors, do not panic. There is plenty of air in the elevator.
  • Never climb out of a stalled elevator.
  • Use the ALARM or HELP button, the telephone or the intercom to call for assistance.
  • Above all, wait for qualified help to arrive and never try to leave an elevator that has not stopped normally. Emergency lighting would get activated in the event of a power failure.


Share this with your friends. Each of us know these, but we still have had freak accidents.

(Hat tip to Microsoft Security)

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