DEKRA expert dispels myths: How safe is traveling in an elevator?
Elevators: The Safest Means of Transportation
Not everyone feels comfortable stepping into an elevator. Some people even prefer to take the stairs because they’re afraid of placing their trust in the elevator car. “But they have no reason to worry,” explains Karl-Friedrich Schöps, elevator expert at DEKRA. “Elevators are the safest means of transportation that we know.”
- The worst thing that could happen is coming to a standstill
- An elevator car is a totally safe place to be
- Pay attention when traveling in an elevator
Essentially, the worst thing that could happen is the elevator car coming to an unexpected stop between two floors. Even if this happens, the DEKRA experts state that there is no need to worry as there are clear legal regulations governing the emergency call and emergency response plan. Elevators are linked to an emergency call center around the clock, so a press of a button is all it takes to request assistance or ask a question. Simply press it for three to five seconds and the alarm will be triggered.
“If the elevator car comes to a standstill, the most important thing is to remember the famous rule: Keep calm!,” says DEKRA expert Schöps. “If there are problems with the elevator, the car with the doors closed might not be the most comfortable place, but it is totally safe.”
- The biggest mistake someone could make in this type of situation is to try to free themselves.
- Be patient and wait for external help from the specialist rescue team. Any other actions will put your life in danger.
- Do not pry open the doors under any circumstances, and never try to exit the elevator car when it is between floors as the elevator could start moving again.
- Trying to climb out of the top of the elevator car will also put your life at risk as there is a danger of falling.
“If you compare traveling in an elevator with traveling on the road or by plane, incidents are very rare. However, no safety system can change the fact that people need to behave in the right way if they travel in an elevator,” sums up Schöps. “Pay careful attention when stepping into and out of an elevator car, and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by your smartphone.” This is particularly true when traveling in older elevators where there might well be a step of a few centimeters between the hallway floor and car floor. If you don’t watch out here you may trip and fall.