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Stuck in an elevator! Is that your nightmare? Here’s how to take charge of the situation

The recent incident at a Delhi restaurant, where eight people got stuck in an elevator for several hours, makes one wonder what to do when you get stuck in an elevator. Follow this five-point plan.

more-lifestyle Updated: Jul 07, 2017 18:26 IST
Abhinav Verma
Abhinav Verma
Hindustan Times
Stuck in an elevator and don’t know what to do? These tips will guide you on how to deal with the situation.
Stuck in an elevator and don’t know what to do? These tips will guide you on how to deal with the situation.(Istock)

If you ask people, “What’s your worst nightmare?” most will probably answer, “Being stuck in an elevator.” Unfortunately, this nightmare came true for eight friends who did get stuck in an elevator very recently. The incident took place at Warehouse Café, Connaught Place, central Delhi. Despite rescue efforts by restaurant staff and the lift technician, it took more than four hours to get them out. Prabhav Gupta, who was one of the eight, said that they had to take matters into their own hands and call the police because the restaurant staff and the lift technician weren’t able to help them quickly enough.

And this fiasco has got us wondering, what to do if you are in such a situation? To get some insight, we got in touch with elevator expert Arvinder Singh, who tells us what to do if you get stuck.

1) Press the call button. The control panel of the lift has a call button that allows you to contact the maintenance team. There is also a panic button that can set the alarm off, indicating that you are stuck. If no one responds, then bang the door. This is the first step to set your escape plan in motion. If you’re thinking of using your phone, then remember that at times you may not get signal.

2)Always check if the door of the lift is properly closed. One of the most common reasons that lifts get stuck is because the doors don’t close properly. If you’re stuck, then check the gap between the doors and make sure there is no gap. If there is, then close the doors again, and the lift should start immediately.

3)Remember, most lifts have an ARD, or automatic rescue device. It’s a mechanism that kicks in when the lift shuts down due to no electricity. ARD ensures that there is light and air circulation in the lift and works for up to 17 hours. Most rescues are mechanical and shouldn’t take more than one hour. If that is not the case, then it’s the service provider’s fault, like in this particular case.

4)Most lifts have an escape route through the top of the roof or bottom. When you enter the lift, always look up and down to make sure that there are escape routes.

5)The most obvious advice is ‘stay calm and don’t panic’. Panicking leads to stress and one’s brain tends to shut down and imagine the worst when stressed. Distract yourself either by calling a friend or engaging in a conversation with a fellow rider who is also stuck with you.

First Published: Jun 12, 2017 19:44 IST