How to Increase Your Personal Safety on an Elevator

Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2023 | 473 views

person pressing-elevator-buttonGetting on the elevator is routine part of a lot of people’s day, but using one comes with it’s own set of risks. In this article we will explore various ways to enhance your safety on elevators, and examine the technology and regulations that support elevator safety altogether.

Understanding Elevator Risks

Like any mode of transportation, elevators come with many potential risks and hazards. It’s essential to be aware of common risks such as malfunctions, abrupt stops, and overcrowding, which could compromise your safety.

According to an article by Global News:

In the past six years, six people have been killed and 1,225 people have been injured, including 69 permanently, in elevator mishaps in Ontario — which accounts for close to half of Canada’s elevators — according to the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, which regulates the devices in the province. [source]

By staying informed about potential hazards, you can equip yourself with the knowledge to act wisely and remain safe while you’re on an elevator at all times.

Proactive Safety Measures

Person waiting for elevatorCultivating good habits is your first line of defense. Simple behaviors like not overcrowding, avoiding the door’s rush, and waiting patiently for the next ride can make a significant difference. Being highly observant of your surroundings can also help you avoid potential risks and ensure a safe elevator ride.

Here are some simple tips that can help you have a safe elevator ride:

  1. Avoid overcrowding: Make sure not to overcrowd or get into an overcrowded elevator.
  2. Avoid door rushes: Don’t rush to get into or out of the elevator when the doors are closing.
  3. Observe your surroundings: Be observant of your surroundings and aware of who is entering the elevator with you.
  4. Mind your personal space: Maintain your personal space and respect other’s on board.
  5. Emergency procedures: Familiarize yourself with elevator emergency equipment like the emergency button or phone.

Reacting to Emergencies

Emergencies can happen, but in these cases panicking is not good. Familiarize yourself with the elevator emergency buttons and know when and how to use them. During emergencies always stay calm and alert authorities if needed.

Developing a safety mindset is about more than just following rules. It’s about staying alert, being aware of your surroundings, and trusting your instincts. Cultivating this mindset can enhance your sense of security and well-being.

Technological Advancements: Elevator Cameras

Safety has a new ally – elevator cameras and fob access. A properly secured elevator will deter unsavory behavior, monitor for malfunctions, and provide an extra layer of needed security. In the event of an incident, footage from these cameras can be invaluable. As a business or properly owner, embracing security technology adds another layer to the safety of your residents, customers and/or employees.

Installing elevator cameras or other security solutions have the following benefits:

  1. Enhanced safety: Elevator cameras and fob access contribute to enhanced safety by deterring bad behavior and providing a sense of security for passengers.
  2. Monitoring for malfunctions: These technologies help monitor elevator systems for malfunctions and anomalies, allowing for timely maintenance and repairs to prevent accidents and inconveniences.
  3. Added security layer: Elevator cameras and fob access add an additional layer of security to the building or property, making it more secure against unauthorized access and thus safer for users.
  4. Incident documentation: In the unfortunate event of an incident or crime, the footage from these cameras can serve as invaluable evidence for investigations, insurance claims, and legal proceedings.
  5. Peace of mind: Building owners, businesses, and property managers can provide peace of mind to residents, customers, and employees by installing these security measures and demonstrate their commitment to safety.
  6. Crime deterrence: Elevator cameras act as a deterrent to criminal activities within the elevator and discourage vandalism, theft, or other harmful actions.
  7. Quick responses to emergencies: In case of emergencies or security breaches, elevator cameras can facilitate a quicker and more effective response from security personnel or emergency services.
  8. Improved building reputation: Implementing modern security technology will enhance the reputation of a building or business and make it a more attractive and trustworthy place for residents, customers, and employees.
  9. Preventive measures: Security technologies encourage preventive measures, as individuals are more likely to behave responsibly when they know they are being monitored.

Safety Frameworks For Property or Business Owners

Waiting by elevator doorsLaws and regulations

Laws and regulations are the backbone of elevator safety. Adherence to building codes, compliance with safety standards, and regular inspections ensure that elevators remain safe for all users. Familiarizing yourself with these regulations can give you peace of mind on your daily rides and keep you informed of your rights to safety.

Inspection and maintenance

Routine checks and regular maintenance play an important role in preventing elevator accidents. Elevators are intricate machines that require ongoing care to function safely. As a property or business owner, by ensuring that your building’s elevators are well-maintained, you are investing in everyone’s safety.

Emergency procedures

Listing clear and well-communicated emergency protocols for your users can save lives in critical situations. Include information on what to do in case of elevator malfunction, a power outage, or an entrapment. Also make sure to highlight the importance of staying calm and following designated procedures in case of an emergency.

Elevator modernization

Explore and discuss the benefits of modernizing your elevators. Older elevators can lack the safety features and efficiency of newer models and use parts and equipment that are outdated. Property or business owners should consider modernizing their elevators which will improve safety, energy efficiency, and performance.

Keep maintenance records

Consider the importance of maintaining detailed records of elevator inspections, maintenance, and repairs. These records serve as valuable documentation in case of disputes, accidents, or regulatory audits and provide a timeline that can be references in the future if needed.

Schedule regular safety audits

Conduct regular safety audits and assessments of the elevator system. Audits help identify potential safety hazards and areas that require improvement. Property owners should consider hiring professionals to perform these audits periodically.

By incorporating these additional sections, you can provide a more comprehensive guide to elevator safety and maintenance, addressing various aspects that property owners and businesses should consider to ensure the safety and satisfaction of their occupants.

The Future of Elevator Safety

Elevator safety is a shared responsibility and by staying informed, being proactive, and embracing new technology, we can all contribute to a safer elevator experience.

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