The Only Way to Escape a Broken Elevator

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Many of us are afraid of getting stuck in an elevator, it’s an especially scary situation for people with claustrophobia. To stay calm and safe in an emergency situation like this, there are some simple safety rules or lifehacks that are serious DOs and DON’Ts to be aware of.
If you start freaking out, you can experience oxygen deficiency since elevators aren’t exactly well-ventilated. You certainly don’t want that, so try your best to breathe normally. Don’t do anything stupid, like jumping up and down, because it won’t magically kick-start the elevator into working again. In fact, it’ll only affect the car’s stabilizer system and make it more difficult for you to get out safely.
Nowadays almost every smartphone comes equipped with a built-in flashlight, and most of us have our phone on us at all times. If you have a flashlight keychain, that’s pretty useful too. Light may calm down the sense of panic and help you navigate better since it’ll at least help you see the buttons.
As you’re waiting for help, try thinking of a list of things you need to do or how to rework your schedule to fit in this minor setback. If you still can’t distract yourself and can’t help but feel scared and hysterical, try a little meditation. Just breathe in, clear your mind, and try to relax as much as you can.
Try the “open door” button. And if they won’t budge after that, hit the “stop” button. If it’s stuck, pull it out and press it again.
If you happen to find yourself in a free-falling elevator, there’s hope, too. A great idea is to cover your face with your arms. You see, when the elevator hits the bottom of the shaft, it’s very likely to break into pieces. So protecting your face from falling debris can ensure the absence of any possible injuries.

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Stay calm 0:42
Call for help 1:33
Find a light source 2:04
Call the building’s reception desk or 911 2:50
Be patient 3:34
Try pushing the buttons 4:40
Make an escape plan 5:19
How to escape from a free-falling elevator? 6:03

-Your instinct to panic won’t help you at all and will only waste valuable time.
-In case the electricity is out and you can’t push the call for help button try to let other people know you’re stuck by making as much noise as possible.
-If the electricity isn’t working, try to find a light source: it may calm down the sense of panic and help you navigate better since it’ll at least help you see the buttons.
-Most elevators have the local emergency number printed on the wall or on the button panel, but it’s still good to have it in your phone just in case.
-The busier you make yourself, the faster time will pass until help comes to your rescue.
-Don’t keep pushing the button of the floor you were trying to get to. Instead, try pressing the button of the floor you’re stuck at.
-If you’re stuck at a level with a floor, try forcing the doors open and re-check the position of the cabin. Then, pull the interlock holding the shaft doors closed and pry them open.
-In case you’re stuck in a free-falling elevator, be sure to lay on your back as opposed to your stomach. This position helps distribute the force of impact across your entire body.

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35 thoughts on “The Only Way to Escape a Broken Elevator

    Sasha Smliegirl

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    I watch this video when I was stuck in elevator I tried those things nothing worked👎


    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    finds this video in an elevator

    Sasha Smliegirl

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    The picture of the video was dumb

    Scarlett Acid

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Then there's my plan.

    Take the stairs XD

    Emma TEM

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Every time I'm in a elevator I think that I will die that day I don't want to die that way at all so this was useful

    Word of advice always use stairs lol

    Rocco De Falco

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Wait a cop is trained to save someone form a evaluator

    FoxyFire Fox

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Wait did you re-upload this?

    Interesting video. I wonder if a hatchet would help in this situation


    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    What if you open the top of the cabin so as it’s falling you jump fly out and grab the wire and just repel down

    Hilary Benoit

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    I am claustrophobic

    Electric Eye

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    If there is more than 1 person you can't really lay flat

    Angela Taylor

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Im 19 and only like less than a year, more like few months ago, I went to elevator alone for the first time. Yeah, I am freaking terrified of it and every possible scenario that might happen

    Buttercookie Cinnamini

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Reminds me of when they turned off the elevator, without checking. That woman died.

    Navmeet Jhuti

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Who agrees with me that being in a stuck elevator is creepy and scary. If so like this comment.

    Miranda Trabal

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    I've been stuck in an elevator twice and in a free falling elevator once😐

    DJ Hogarth

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    If it really is the end of the world, can we still stay calm?

    Blessing Matadi

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    My building elevator is not working 🙁

    wolf pal

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    The thumbnail makes so much sense

    Alesisventoza Ventoza

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    What if there are children?

    David Coomber

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Well. That's about a useful as a one leg man at a arse kicking party

    Alma Lucia Berton Flores

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    On rainy days he can reach the 25th button with his umbrella but when it is sunny he can only reach the tenth button as he does not have the umbrella

    Noelle Bloomfield

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)


    Pascalia Mukabana

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    I have elevator phobia since i once got stuck sometimes back . I take stairs slowly upto the 20th floor everyday at my work station. Coward and safe!

    Naman Jha

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    no but my father

    Government IS Slavery

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Like the average person is going to know what "…pull the interlock holding the shaft doors closed…" means. Should have had a better visual for this.

    Marlin Ezell

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    The elevator is outside


    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    you can't call 911 from the elevator, the signals are too weak to get out of the elevator and reach the emergency services

    Skul Clan

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    I'm clostrfobic

    Angelik Guzman

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Not only will you knock your head ok n the celling you will bleed or if lucky go unconshus


    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Stop put ringtone the same photos on the thumbnail! Jeez

    Jus Thotlord 777

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    I build elevators for a living and this video is bs


    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    protect your head from the impact

    Marusa Skrubej Novak

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    Jep… 11 years old… stucked in the f'n elevator for one hour…

    Technical Mobiles

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    How I can contact you?

    Siddharth Man

    (May 15, 2018 - 8:51 pm)

    What happen when we struck in between 2 floor

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