Nowadays every building having more than 2 floors must have a lift. The reason is nothing other than to avoid energy expenditure. Being stuck in a lift has been very common lately. Although apartment lifts are the safest. At the workplace, the lift is in constant use 24×7. We never know when and where this lift gets stuck. According to a study, it says if you travel 1600 times up and down to your office in a year, your chance of getting trapped in an elevator is 0.16%. These are some things you should keep in mind while you get stuck in an elevator.
1. Relax yourself
Getting panicked is normal in such situations. It may hinder making sound decision making. So try relaxing yourself and friends trapped along with you in the lift.
Do breathing exercises ( inhale for 4 counts – hold for 6 counts – exhale for 8 counts) to help you calm down. Feel your heart rate calming down.
2. Put on some light
To remove darkness, put on some light. Light may be provided in the lift or you may turn on your mobile torch.
This may give others the strength that they are not alone. Some who may be afraid of darkness may find this tip useful.
3. Press the ” open the door “button
Start by pressing the ” open the door” button followed by the ” close the door” button.
See if these work. If neither works out then click on the button for the floor below you.
4. Turn on the alarm button
Try switching on the alarm switch as many times as possible till you get an assurance that they are heard
. At times, there is no one sitting in the control room, so even if anyone passing by hears it he can inform them immediately for help.
5. Try to be heard
Lifts are normally set up near offices or halls where there is a 24×7 presence of people. Try banging on the lift doors with shoes or hands. Try shouting out for help.
People around may notice and do the needful as soon as possible. Lift emergencies are paid heed to very fast. So no need to worry as if you are heard, you may be freed within half an hour.
6. Reduce the tension in the air
Your fellow mates may be equally tense. Try relaxing them down. Talk to them. Make them at ease. Share with them some positivity like hopefully, they will come out in a few minutes or so.
You may have claustrophobics with you. Try reminding them that this situation will pass, everything will be alright, this fear is irrational, and help them do breathing exercises to relax.