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3 Safety Tips While Riding An Elevator

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There are few simple ways to be safe while riding an elevator,

Many people use elevators on a daily basis, whether it is to get to their office or to their floor in their apartment building.  Riding in an elevator might seem like a simple and arbitrary task, but it is important that you are paying attention to your surroundings.  You need to know how to handle any type of situation in an elevator, especially if it stalls or stops in between floors. Luckily, there are few simple safety tips you can follow when riding an elevator.

Entering and Exiting

When entering an elevator, it is important that you are respectful of others and wait for people to exit before you step inside the car.  If the elevator is full, do not try to push yourself in; instead wait for the next elevator. Never try to stop the elevator doors from closing by putting your arms or legs in between them; use the buttons located inside the car.  When you are entering and exiting, make sure you are watching your step in case the elevator may not be aligned with the flooring properly. If this does happen, alert someone immediately so they can call a professional to address to problem.

While Riding

Once you are in the elevator, make sure you head to the back of the car so that you avoid being in the way of people who need to enter after you.  Make sure your children or pets are by you during the entire ride. You want to make sure that any of your belongings are away from the door to avoid anyone tripping over them.  It is important that you are paying attention to which floor you are getting off on and make sure to let those in front of you get off first.

In The Case Of An Emergency

If you are ever stuck in an elevator, it is essential that you try to remain calm and take deep breaths.  Panicking in an elevator will only make the situation worse since it is a confined space. If the elevator stops in between floors, press the alarm button or the phone button to speak to emergency personnel.  Wait until professional assistance arrives; never try to pry the doors open yourself. It is dangerous to try to escape a stalled elevator, so wait patiently until help arrives.

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For 11 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of our equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

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    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
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