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Mar 4, 2010

ക What To Do When You Are Trapped In A Lift ???

Have you ever paid attention to this sign at the closest to any lifts before "IN CASE OF FIRE DO NOT USE LIFT"! Ever wonder what is missing? If cannot use lift then use what? When someone gets panic he/she may not think right and just cannot decide what to do. That was the past maybe the fire department are fully aware of such flaw and insisted its compulsory that these three little words "USE THE STAIRCASE" must be added in all signages. 

We never know when and where accidents will happen to us OR people around us. Most of the time we take things for granted. Do you 'look before you leap' each time the lift stops at your level? It is very common routine for people to walk into the lift the moment the two doors open wide without looking further. Better be safe than sorry, look again to check if there is a lift in front of you before you take a giant step into it especially when the lift is empty. What about while in a lift, it suddenly broke down and it was falling at a fast speed? Fortunately, elevators in the real world have so many safety features that this kind of stuff never happens. Check out more info on the safety features here. Anyway just in case, read on and hope this piece of information may help any of us when things do happen to yourself, our friends and our loved ones. 

First ~ Quickly press all the different levels of buttons in the lift.
When the emergency electricity supply is being activated, it will stop the lift from falling further.

Second ~ Hold on tight to the handle (if there is any).. It is to support your position and prevent you from falling or getting hurt when you lost your balance.

Third ~ Lean your back and head against the wall forming a straight line.
Leaning against the wall is to use it as a support for your back/spine as protection.

Fourth ~ Bend your knees.
Ligament is a flexible, connective tissue. Thus, the impact of fractured bones will be minimised during fall.

31 Bunchesஇ:

reanaclaire said...

i will use my hp to call for help!!

CH Voon said...

it is really helpful information!

Actually, i have think about this problem but i don't know what to do!

I heard one of the real story from my friend that...

his friend sponsor his mother go to thailand holiday, his mother use a lift and not realize that the lift is not there and she steps over and fall down and die!

Bananazക said...

reanaclaire ക hello inside lift normally no line leh. tQ

CH Voon ക yeah very true happened before in KL people fell to their death. Sorry to hear about your friend's mom. Now I always look into the lift floor first before I stride in. Wah change your avatar pic again. Why not use the MonaVanessa pic the earlier one posted few days ago. She has melted quite all the hearts with her MonaLisa smile. tQ

Merryn said...

claire- no line lah!

bananaz - i was trapped in a lift when i was very very young. Screamed and shouted like crazy! Telling GOD I don't want to die in a lift! lol.. kenot blame me ler. i was only in std 2 that time.. alone lagi!

Cheryl said...

Oh goodness, I have never thought about stepping directly into the elevator when the doors open! Now I will be sure to make sure its there when the doors do open! Yikes. Thanks for the useful info.

manglish said...

hey i thought of that too and i thought i should curl myself up and squat with my back to the wall, u think tat will help absorb the impact too upon crashing? = =

Borneo Falcon said...

The correct procedure is to stay calm and press the alarm button. Lift has many safety features and you won't experience free fall or anything.

iamthewitch said...

Oh man I experienced this before! Trapped in the lift AND lift falling down! But luckily it was only for 2 floors, still it was scary!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

OMG! Things will be happening very fast then. Hope I still have my wits with me then. yes, do not 'zoom' into lift right away without looking!!!

Bananazക said...

Merryn ക oh got any phobia taking lift? Think you are strong to let it go by now. tQ

Cheryl ക nowadays anything can happen. I had a few experience when the lift door opens it was not at the same level but a feet away. Even that may cause some broken bones.

manglish ക not too sure have thought about squat too maybe bending the knees give us some extra to absorb the impact.*just guessing*. tQ

Borneo Falcon ക with the latest technology lift have improved tremendously only concern are those 'old' lifts and poor maintenance. Office lift should be considerable safe but apartments & flats are quite often experience the jerking effect. tQ

iamthewitch ക oh the falling down effect could be fatal if its high. Lucky yours is two level but still a shocking experience. tQ

Keats The Sunshine Girl ക agree during the fall its natural screaming and panic would arise so all we need to do is simply press the buttons with eyes closed. Think would be better to follow the 4 steps instead. Yeah always look for the lift floor before 'zoom' into it. tQ

Jingle said...

that's cool hints,
I am delighted to see it!

an award 4 u.

Shingo T said...

Lean against the wall and bend the knees? Hope I won't be too shocked to think of that when it happens.

Glad I'm not castrophobic.

[SK] said...

i never make sure if the lift is really there, but at least everytime i make sure there is no more people exiting before i go in.. still safe right??

[SK] said...

hmmmm, thanks for all the tips.. what i think instantly is to squat down if that happens.. should keep the impact to the minimum right??

Gratitude said...

Gosh, I have a lil fear too whenever i step into a lift. Either a malfunctioned-freefall or a ghostly apparition waiting inside! lolz

Thanks for the pointers! :)

Bananazക said...

Jingle ക great! tQ

Shingo T ക some recommend to lie flat in the lift. Glad you do not have castrophobia. tQ

[SK] ക Oh definitely when you see people coming out from the lift you are perrrrfectly safe coz they are standing on the lift floor. Not very sure about squat and I have done a search some expert recommend lying flat on the lift floor which I have added a link in my post but says it gonna hurt.
<a href=">HowStuffWorks</a>

Gratitude ക accordingly to latest technology free fall is very seldom now (check the link HowStuffWorks for details) as they have brakes and other safety measures. Ghostly haha? Try this when the lift doors open and close and open at certain times, say it out loud "come on in" and the doors would close. ( eeerieee hair stand on ends now, it works). tQ

Bananazക said...

Oops sorry link not properly done..hit the jump

Snapping Cables

wenn said...

to think about it is scary!

Mei Teng said...

A friend's niece got trapped in a lift one time and she's phobic about taking lifts after that.

Being trapped in one can be scary.

Rose Belle said...

Leaning against the wall and bending our knees are helpful tips I never knew about. Thanks for posting them.

I got stuck in the elevator once. The door opened to a wall. Gosh, I felt like buried alive. I pressed the emergency button and the operator said to "hang in there, someone will be there shortly". I think I was stuck for like 10 minutes. I was a scary experience.

Jingle said...

How R U?
Where did you get the photo image?
it captures what you are about to say very vividly, handsome post, talented writing!

I feel lucky that I never have had such experience yet.
Happy Saturday!

molly said...

I am sure I will be panic and start banging the door and screaming hoping someone will hear me. Haha now I think that is not the way to save myself.

Bananazക said...

wenn ക scary yes but have to go on with life. tQ

Mei Teng ക hope your friend's niece can get over the phobia else she would have a tough time. Normally as they grow they get bolder. tQ

Rose Belle ക me too, stuck for almost 10 minutes. When they forced open the door and its half way in between meaning the lift was not at the same level of the floor. Made a daring move to climb out which accordingly is dangerous as those people outside were not the maintenance personnel but by standers. The lift might go up or down anytime if someone upstairs were to press on the button to call for a lift. To think of it I was sort of lucky. There were cases like this where some people who was caught in between while trying to climb out lost their lives when the lift starts to move. tQ

Jingle ക thanks for your kind words, sorry source of the photo unknown as someone send it with an email. I decided to post in blog for sharing the tips

molly ക don't panic if trap in a lift just ring the alarm bell and wait for help. You can hear the bell ringing. Could be scary just like my case.

CH Voon said...

yalor i do the same things as you.

the lift - it is PLC programmed if the programmer is weak then we are in trouble!

er... i will think about it hehehee use the photos wakakakka

Tekkaus said...

What if I lie on the floor? Will it minimize the impact?

Bananazക said...

CH Voon ക sleep tight and yeah maybe use that photo for next change of avatar. tQ

Tekkaus ക yeah as per the recommendation in the link safe to lie on floor but gonna hurt. tQ

Ai Shiang said...

The First point actually is quite meaningful. If a person is trapped on higher floor.

I got trapped once, but it was when I came from 7th floor and the door would not open when we were on ground floor. Since it was ground floor I wasn't too scared. Besides, there were a bunch of colleagues making fun of being trapped in a lift while we wait for help! Funny huh?

Autumn Belle said...

I used to wonder why some people react terribly or become panicky when trapped in a lift. I always thought it was a stationary lift, so what's the big deal about having to bear with the stuffiness inside. Recently, I got trapped (ALONE!!!) in a moving lift that doesn't seem to be able to stop. It wasn't on free fall mode, just moving without stopping, but such a sensation was enough to make me panic and break out in cold sweat. I was so scared my legs was wobbly, I can't think straight, I didn't know what to do, which button to press or who to call. This was despite having read about the safety precautions to take in such an event. Thank God the lift returned to normal after after a short while. It was indeed a very very scary experience.

jam said...

A very good article providing advice on what we should do during that awful situation. Well done!

Bananazക said...

Ai Shiang ക oh lucky it was ground just have to take the sweat and the stuff air inside the lift. tQ

Autumn Belle ക my goodness on a free ride alone. That would be "hellish" in the lift. tQ

Jam ക thanks glad you picked up some pointers too. tQ

ann said...

lol- based from experience?

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