How to ride an elevator...with Jordan Sanchez
How to Ride an Elevator
Going up and down several flights of stairs can take up a lot of your time. All that walking can even be an inconvenience with hand-fulls of groceries, sore legs, or holding a child. Luckily, most buildings are well equipped with elevators and lifts. An elevator ride would be your best option to ensure quick and easy travel.
Getting on the Elevator
Press the "up" or "down" button.When you arrive to the elevator, decide which way you are going and be ready to wait. An elevator's arrival time can be affected by many factors such as elevators' traffic, the amount of floors, rush hours, and available elevators due to unforeseen maintenance or closures.
Allow any people to leave before entering.Stand clear of the door. This etiquette is practiced in a lot of public situations such as subways or buses, and elevators are no different. Also, keep in mind elevators serve individuals who suffer handicaps or people handling large loads of cargo or furniture. Take a step aside and allow passengers enough space to make their way out of the elevator.
- Take a second to ensure that the elevator car stops at your floor.
Make certain the elevator is going in your direction.Most elevators have signals to show if they are going down or up. In the case where you cannot find any signal, ask the passengers on the elevator which way they are headed.
- Avoiding going in the wrong the direction, especially if the building has a lot of floors.
Decide if the elevator has enough space.When the elevator stops at your floor, it might not mean people will exit. If the doors open and passengers do not get out, assess what space remains. If you cannot see enough room for you, let the doors close and wait for another elevator.
Enter and find an empty spot in the elevator.Elevators vary in size and available space. Locate a section where you will feel both comfort for the ride and convenience for your exit. The back of the elevator is the ideal location two-fold: it leaves room for other passengers to enter or exit, and it secures a good spot for longer rides.
Select your floor.Elevators have buttons on either sides of the door. The majority of the floor buttons are numbered; basement, garage, street level, lobby, etc. may be represented by letters.
- If someone is standing closer to the buttons than you, they might offer to select for you. If they do not, kindly ask them to select the floor.
- In some elevators, double-tapping on a lighted button allows you to cancel a floor call.
Riding the Elevator
Secure all your belongings.If you are riding with groceries, book bags, or any other items, be sure to hold on to them properly. If the elevator ride is empty, you may leave your items on the floor, especially for longer rides. However, holding on to your items ensures more space for potential passengers.
Be courteous when traveling with children or pets.Elevator rides can be crowded, and ensuring the safety and comfort of others should be on your mind. If you travel with a pet, be sure to secure it with a leash or carry it; not all people are comfortable with pets roaming freely. Also, be sure to have your children close to you. It is also good practice to have them be mindful of others' spaces.
Control noise levels.The most proper elevator etiquette would be to keep noise levels from silence to minimal. Conversations either in person or over the phone should cease when possible. Use headphones for listening to music instead of playing it out loud. If you are traveling with an infant, kindly refrain from riding while the child is crying.
Calm your nerves and anxieties.Riding an elevator may be difficult for some people with worries such as germs or confined spaces. If you know riding an elevator is a difficult but unavoidable task, prepare yourself for the ride by multiple means.
- Choose portable, hand-held activities. Read a book, check your email, send text messages, check social media, create to do lists, or any small task that requires enough focus to ease your mind.
- Listen to soothing music. A nice pair of head phones and delicate tunes can ease your thoughts for a better ride.
- Ride elevators more often. Practice makes perfect, and conquering a fear is no different. Taking more elevator rides will help you get use to the activity.
- Think of a calm setting. Train yourself to create soothing settings that relax you, and enter that mental picture when you ride the elevator.
Pay attention to the stops.As you ride, be aware of stops for two reasons. First, passengers need to enter and exit; you might have to give people space to help them slip in or out. Also, each stop brings you closer to your floor, and you may be able to move towards the door. However, in the event that you are not close to an exit, being ready will help you get to your floor without any issues.
- Some elevators have recorded voice announcements to indicate which floor they will stop at next.
Exiting the Elevator
Excuse yourself as you walk through the elevator.People on elevators have many distractions in their heads and often give you their backs as they face the elevator door. Saying excuse me or pardon me will signal your intentions of exiting, and they will move to help you leave.
Make sure the door opens on your floor.When the elevator stops at your exit, the doors should open either automatically or manually. Most elevators have a button to open the doors while some older models use latches. In the case when the door won't open, search for an intercom or alarm button. If the elevator is jammed, qualified assistants will be notified.
Ask someone to hold the door for you.Walking around people in a crowded elevator might not give you enough time to reach the doors before closing. Ask someone close enough to make sure the door will remain open for you.
Exit quickly.Using an elevator should be a convenience and a time saver. Missing your floor will only delay you. Also, be mindful that other passengers may need to exit as well. Being swift about your exit helps everyone.
QuestionShould I use a lift in earthquakes?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe elevator could stop because of the earthquake waves, which could leave you trapped inside. It is better not to use an elevator during an earthquake, use the stairs instead.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you use the button on an elevator?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you want to go to a different floor of the building, press the button with the number of the floor you want to go to. For example, if you want to go to the 4th floor, press number 4. If you are outside of an elevator and want to go up or down, most elevators have buttons with triangles. If you want to go down, press the button with the upside-down triangle.Thanks!
QuestionIf I want to get in the elevator, how do I make it stop at my floor so I can get on?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you are waiting for the elevator, there is sure to be an up and down button, depending on what floor you are on. If you are going up, push the top one, and when going down, push the bottom one. When inside the elevator, press the button for the floor you want to go to.Thanks!
QuestionWhen I enter the elevator and press the floor I want to go to, will it automatically open or will I have to press the open button?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUnless the elevator somehow breaks, the elevator doors will automatically open on newer elevators.Thanks!
QuestionIf the buiding fire alarm goes off, will the elevator automaticly stop, leaving people trapped inside?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe elevators normally will not stop/lockdown; however, never use the elevators to evacuate in an emergency. Use the stairs.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if my pet jumps out just as the door closes?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPress the door open button (marked as ). This will allow you to briefly step out of the elevator and collect your pet.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if a cable snaps on a lift?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere is more than one cable, so just stay calm and press the emergency button in the elevator. They will be able to get you out and repair the broken cable.Thanks!
QuestionAre there instructional signs in elevators?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIn the U.S., there are no instructional signs.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the difference between a lift and an elevator?Top AnswererThere is no difference between a lift and an elevator. "Lift" is what an elevator is called in Europe.Thanks!
QuestionWhen I want to use an elevator with a baby in the stroller, who should walk inside first - me or the stroller?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should be the first one in the elevator, backing the stroller in. That way you don't have to maneuver to get out, you can just push forward to leave.Thanks!
- If you are right next to or closest to the buttons, always ask other people entering what floor they are going to.
- Always let disabled and senior citizens enter first. If you're in a hospital, please also allow staff members, especially those with equipment or beds/stretchers to enter first.
- Please do not attempt to squeeze yourself in if there isn't enough room.
- Do not ride elevators in the case of a fire, a building evacuation, or any other emergency.
- Do not overload an elevator. An elevator that is overloaded will announce it is overloaded and refuse to move. You can also break the elevator or its cables, causing serious injuries.
- Do not attempt to obstruct the doors with limbs to hold it open. Once the elevator alarm sounds, the doors will continue to close and ignore any sensor input that holds the door open.
- Do not ride an elevator that was taken out of service. The elevator could malfunction, causing serious injury or death.
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