ELEVATORS, ARE THEY SAFE?
It has been 166 years since Elisha Otis made his famous demonstration at NewYork World Fair about his breakthrough invention on elevator safety. His death-defying presentation was about his invention to prevent the fall of the elevator car even if the cable is broken. This invention was the first step to convince ordinary people to use elevators safely.
Elevators date back to the Archimedes who built his first elevator probably in 236 BC. They were very simple, powered by hand or animals and mostly used to lever heavy goods. Over the last century, with the improvements at the modern life, buildings became bigger and taller. As they became multi-story giants, elevators became one of the core elements of modern life. Today there are even some special social rules about how to behave on elevators.
Although there is no official “phobia” name, the fear of elevator is so common all over the world. According to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, over 210 billion passengers use elevators in the U.S. and Canada every year. But there are so many people that feel at least a slight nervousness when having an elevator ride. The fear of the elevator is commonly triggered by two existing phobias which are claustrophobia and agoraphobia. The first one is defined as fear of enclosed spaces and the latter is the fear of being trapped in a situation in which escape would be difficult or impossible. Like other phobias, elevator fear can be mostly about previous experiences. They are emotional and can be cured with some type of treatments which is not our topic.
So here comes our question about elevators; are they safe? Like everything in life, of course, there is a little risk of using an elevator. As mentioned at the beginning, Elisha Otis’s revolutionary elevator safety brake system can solve the biggest problem of an elevator, falling down in case of a rope failure. Elevator safety mechanism becomes active if an elevator car starts falling and it exceeds the maximum safe speed, metal brakes on the sides of the car latch onto the car and slows it down through a complete halt.
Today, as the regulations are set, elevators are supported by multiple cables, each of which is strong enough to carry more than the weight that the system designed to carry. Outer doors capable of opening only when the elevator car is firmly settled in place make it virtually impossible to fall down a shaft. Speed governors and other devices work in tandem to guide cars safely to their destinations.
Modern elevators can be defined as “safe rooms” in case of failures at the system. There are elevator safety signs all over the cabin for the users. There are emergency phones, alarms that can alert the officials. They are airtight that there is no chance of being lack of enough oxygen. It can be a little stressful if you have to wait for some time to get rescued, but the risk of a fatal elevator accident is so much low than driving or traveling in traffic.
Of course there are some elevator safety features that should be followed. Every elevator system have their Elevator Safety Instructions that should be followed. Most of them are similar to each other and set by the official organizations of countries. These instructions are mostly attached to the cabin that passengers can easily notice.
Other than, there are some Elevator Safety Tips that passangers should follow. As an example, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation from US and CANADA, provides a list of safety tips for riders to follow:
- Use the Door Open button to hold the doors for slower riders rather than attempting to push the doors open.
- Keep all carry-on items and clothing clear of the doors.
- Remain in the elevator car in case of an emergency.
- Take the stairs if fire may be present.
As you can see, these are common elevator safety rules that mostly the same all over the world.
Today’s technology is so improved that it is unimaginable for the people of a century ago. This technology makes our life easier and safer than that era. Elevators are also much more improved and safer today. The technology helps us make safer, fancier, faster and comfortable elevators. ISF Elevator Company promises to provide you most developed elevator systems and parts according to national and European Elevator Safety Regulations. ISF Company and our employers not only assure you good quality and safe elevators with reasonable prices, but also help to make your life happier. So have a safe ride…
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