1. Careful Entry & ExitMost people walk in and out of the lift in a casual way, without looking around carefully. The next time you get in or out of an elevator, make sure to check the floor surfaces so that they are even. It is common for passengers to trip because the floors are not level. If the hall floor and elevator floor are not at level, you should be careful when stepping over. Make sure that you don’t hit the gap between the two surfaces. When exiting the car, you should allow the elderly and children to get off first. It is also important not to push anyone.
2. Never Overload the LiftThe modern elevators come with maximum weight capacity. It is a big safety feature and you should adhere to the requirements. If you use a lift often, make sure that you know what its capacity is. The weight limits are usually printed on a label inside and/or outside the elevator. Home elevators will usually have lower capacities compared to commercial ones. Most modern units alert you when there is overloading, but it can also increase the risk of the system failing or the cables breaking.
3. Allow Passengers to Exit FirstIt is commonly seen that many passengers want to secure a place on an elevator, preventing others from exiting. Make it a rule to allow the exiting passengers to get off before you enter. This can prevent inconvenience to everyone and the risk of overloading the lift. If the car is full to its capacity, you should wait for the next one.
4. Stopping the ElevatorYou should use the stop button only in case of emergencies. Never try to stop a running car from the hall by opening the door. You may get injured in the process. The doors in older elevator systems may not retract automatically. If the doors are closing, let the elevator go and wait for the next one. Even when you are inside and the doors don’t open, just press the alarm button. You shouldn't try to force open the door.
5. Handling Emergency SituationsIt is in your best interests to get acquainted with elevator emergency situations. Make sure that there is an emergency phone in the elevator that you use. Follow these tips to handle different types of unexpected situations when inside an elevator:
- If the lift stops, you should remain calm
- You should never try to open the elevator door with your hands or try to climb out of the hatch
- Use the emergency phone. The phone is usually set to make automatic call to the elevator company.
- The elevator can also feature a help/alarm button
- There is no need for panic because there is always plenty of air in the shaft