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What to Avoid Doing When You’re Stuck in Your Home Elevator

What to Avoid Doing When You’re Stuck in Your Home Elevator

Here is what you should never do when you’re stuck inside of your home elevator.

If you have a home elevator, one of the concerns you may have is getting stuck inside of it. Small spaces can sometimes cause anxiety to develop, and you may be tempted to do whatever you can to get out as quickly as possible. However, we want to advise against this. Instead, stay calm and make sure to follow the proper safety procedures so you can get out safely. Here is what you should never do when you’re stuck inside of your home elevator.

Don’t Open the Doors With Force

While you could feel panicked in a situation like this, don’t try to open the doors by brute force. This is incredibly dangerous, even if the doors are already slightly opened. If the elevator starts moving again while you’re trying to open the doors, it could put you at risk for injuring yourself. Instead, keep your entire body inside the elevator until it is safe to exit.

Don’t Try Jumping Up and Down

Has your home elevator stopped in the middle of use? If so, you want to stay still. You might think that jumping in your elevator will get it moving again, but this is not the case. In fact, it actually puts you at more risk to jump on your elevator. Jumping could cause the elevator to drop, and this can cause serious injuries.

What You Should Do Instead

If you’re stuck in your home elevator, push the emergency button so that you can get in touch with your emergency operator. You can also call 911 or yell out for help because there might be someone else in the house, and they can get in touch with a professional. When speaking with professional elevator operators, follow their instructions because they know what’s needed to get you out of the elevator safely. Lastly, go to the back of the elevator and remain calm. Sometimes, professionals will need to use special tools to get the door open, and you want to keep yourself as far away from the door as you can for safety purposes.

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For over a decade, 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 your 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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      Essex, MD 21221
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