Despite what you’ve seen in movies and on television, elevators are an exceedingly safe way to go up and down stairs, but they can be dangerous.
Elevators are useful tools for moving between floors quickly and easily, but certain behaviors can put you in harm’s way. Here’s how to be a safe passenger on an elevator.
Jumping Up and Down
Kids — and, let’s face it, some adults — are notorious for jumping up and down on elevators.
While this isn’t going to cause the elevator to go into free fall, jumping on an elevator can cause it to malfunction, stopping the cab in its tracks. And there’s nothing worse than being stuck on a non-functioning elevator while you wait for help to arrive.
Jumping on an elevator while it’s moving can also cause you to fall and injure yourself.
To keep yourself safe, keep both your feet flat on the elevator cab’s floor!
Forcing the Door Open
If you ever get stuck on an elevator, your natural impulse might be to try to force the elevator’s doors open, but that’s never a good idea, even if you’re starting to feel claustrophobic.
Trying to open the doors can damage the elevator’s opening, potentially leaving you responsible for the costs associated with the damage. Forcing the doors open can also hurt you physically, though. It’s easy to pinch your fingers in the door and cause you a lot of pain.
It’s always a better idea to call for help and wait than try to force the elevator doors open yourself.
Smoking in the Cab
This should go without saying, but it happens: you should never smoke in a closed elevator cab, even if no one else is on it.
Elevator cabs aren’t airtight, but if you smoke on one, there’s not enough airflow to get the smoke out. The elevator’s poor ventilation will cause the smoke to build up, eventually making it difficult to breathe.
Even if you don’t mind breathing in cigarette smoke, remember that smoke lingers, and it can cause severe health problems for pregnant women and those of us who have trouble breathing. Smoking on elevators is even illegal in many states.
Take care to protect yourself and your fellow passengers while riding on an elevator!
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