Although elevators are one of the most overlooked and important modes of transportation in the world, there are stories that sometimes make them look bad. If you look back on previous posts in this blog, you’ll see how many areas in the United States have elevator problems due to a lack of maintenance and/or inspections. One state is bringing the issue of elevator safety to the forefront: Michigan.
Recently, Michigan had a full week of elevator and escalator safety awareness with the aptly named Elevator and Escalator Safety Week, which focused on giving tips to some of the millions of people nationwide who use these modes of transportation. A press release from the State of Michigan says this particular safety week has been observed for over a decade:
“The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation estimates that more than 575 million people nationwide ride elevators, escalators, and moving sidewalks daily. Elevator Escalator Safety Week has been recognized nationally since 1994. The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation estimates there are 700,000 elevators and 35,000 escalators nationwide with more than 210 billion riders traveling every year.”
The press release also provided a list of safety tips for elevators that should prove useful to riders, whether you are in a residential elevator or commercial elevator:
- Enter and exit carefully. Step up or down if the elevator floor and hall floor are not level with one another.
- Watch out for closing doors. Do not touch closing doors or try to stop them from closing.
- Keep clothes and carry-ons away from the opening.
- If the doors do not open when the elevator stops, stay calm, ring the alarm button and wait. Never force the doors open or try to exit.
- In the event of a fire, never use the elevator, use the stairs.
You should also be aware of the importance of elevator maintenance, regardless of the type of elevators you frequent. If you have a home elevator, get your lift regularly checked out by a licensed repairman. Check your owner’s manual for more information. The same goes for building managers and landlords with commercial elevators – statutes in your area require inspections and maintenance at various times, so please keep your lifts safe for passengers.