Safe Practices and Helpful Tips About Elevator Safety
Elevators, escalators and moving walks are the safest form of
transportation. Each day in the U.S. and Canada this equipment moves
the equivalent of double the entire U.S. and Canadian population -
over 210 billion passengers each year. Very few accidents happen
and most of these can be avoided."
Elevator Safety Tips
Before getting on the elevator, know your
destination and push the down or up button once and make sure to
stand aside for exiting passenger(s).
Do not attempt to stop a closing door with
anything. Just wait for the next elevator.
Pay close attention when entering and exiting
an elevator. Observe the entrance floor and if elevator floor and
hall floor are not leveled with each other, step over the gap if not
When riding on the elevator, stand back from
the doors and pay attention to the floor indicators and be prepared
to exit at your desired floor.
Should the doors not open when the elevator
stops, push the door open button. If the door still does not open,
ring the alarm button and/or use the emergency telephone or intercom
and ask for assistance.
Wait until qualified personnel can assist you. Never force the doors
open or try to exit.
Attempting to force the elevator doors open is very dangerous and
can result in injury.
to Make your Elevator Trip Safer
Elevators safely transport millions of people every day. Smart
Elevators makes every effort to ensure your safety while riding in
elevators maintained by them. Below is some information to help
keep you even safer while riding elevators.
- Before getting on the elevator, know your destination and
push the down or up button once and make sure to stand aside
for exiting passenger(s).
- Use care when entering and exiting always look down to make
sure the elevator is level with the landing floor to avoid
tripping. Be aware of the closing elevator doors.
- Do not force any objects and materials into the elevator
car. Do not continuously hold or block the elevator doors
- NEVER try to exit a “stuck” elevator unless you
are instructed by an elevator mechanic. Remain calm and use the
in-car emergency devices (telephone or alarm bell).
- Remember, if you’re stuck, someone is on the way to get you
- Never use an elevator if the is a building fire. Use the
Elevator Cable Misconception
Each elevator rope is made from several lengths of steel material
wound around one another. With this sturdy structure, one rope can
support the weight of the elevator car and the counterweight on its
own. But elevators are built with multiple ropes (between four and
eight, typically). In the unlikely event that one of the ropes
snaps, the rest will hold the elevator up.
Even if all of the ropes were to break, or the sheave
system were to release them, it is unlikely that an elevator car
would fall to the bottom of the shaft. Roped elevator cars have
built-in braking systems, or safeties, that grab onto the rail when
the car moves too fast. (information from howstuffworks.com)
Elevators incorporate several safety features to prevent
the car from crashing into the bottom of the shaft. Safeties
installed on the car can prevent this type of accident from
occurring when the machine brake fails or the wire ropes suspending
the car break. However, the inherent design of the safeties render
them inoperative in the ascending direction.
In the upward direction, the machine brake is required to stop
the car when an emergency condition occurs. Under normal operation,
the machine brake serves only as a parking braked to hold the cage
at rest. However, when an emergency condition is detected, modern
elevator control system designs rely on machine brakes as well as a
rope gripper system to stop the car.
Safety Tip Guidelines for Unit Owners, Property Managers, and
Before placing a service call: To reduce the time the elevator is
shut down or avoid possibly paying for the cost of a service call,
the following steps may be followed. Authorized personnel such as
management, maintenance or security personnel should be instructed
in these procedures and familiar with the elevator safety devices.
Authorized personnel should have access to emergency elevator door
key and the keys used to access the elevator machine room that
should be locked at all times.
- Check to see if there is an passenger(s) trapped in the
elevator and proceed to contact Smart Elevators Co. at
- Make sure you have full power in the building. Check
for tripped circuit breakers and blown fuses in the meter room.
- Check the door sills for any debris that may prevent the
door(s) from closing or fully opening. Be sure that the door
protection devices such as mechanical safety edge, electric
photo eyes, or an infrared light curtain are not obstructed.
- Check the run/stop switch, located in the car station, is in
the normal “run” position.
- Verify that all other operating key switches such as
independent service, inspection or access are in the “off”
- If the elevator is equipped with fire service, check that
the fireman’s warning light, shaped like a fireman’s hat, is
not illuminated or blinking.
- For Hydraulic elevator: if the elevator has not been in use
or the temperature has dropped, run the car to the top floor
several times. This will allow the oil to heat up and will
ensure better performance.
Maintenance and Repair Tips:
- Ride the elevator periodically and pay attention to its
operation. Ride the elevator to each floor and check to see if
it stops level with the floor. A slight difference could cause
someone to trip and fall.
- Vacuum the door track grooves to help prevent debris from
jamming the doors.
- When cleaning in the vicinity of the elevators, when using
water, use CAUTION not to allow water to come in contact with
any elevator equipment. The areas of concern are the hall push
buttons on the outside or to go under the outer doors of the
elevators as this will get on the equipment inside the elevator
shaft and will result in damage to the equipment. Damage from
water to the equipment can occur immediately or later, which
will result in unnecessary costs to the building.
- Make a list of any burned out indicator lights or other
minor items and leave it in a location for the technician or fax
to Smart Elevators at (630)544-6829 so that these items can
be addressed at our next visit.
- Do not use the elevator machine room for storage. Keep the
elevator machine room closed and locked and allow only
authorized personnel to enter.
- Fire extinguishers should be annually inspected and
- Make sure the elevator machine room is kept at the correct
- Gently push buttons, do not hit, pound or kick elevator call
buttons, this will damage the internal components and can cause
the elevator to shut down.
- Do not push or pull the elevator doors open or closed, doing
so can damage the equipment. If the elevator seems to be
operating in an unsafe manner be sure that nobody uses the
elevator and report it to your elevator company immediately.
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