Safety Tip: Riding an Elevator
In one of my old jobs, I doubled as “Safety Coordinator” where I was responsible for providing quarterly educational events where we instructed our staff of 120+ employees and contractors about various safety topics.
In this session of “Clever Safety Tips“, I’d like to teach all of you a few important tips for protecting yourself in an elevator.
Question: When you enter an elevator, where should you stand?
A. In the rear, so other people can get on.
B. In the front, by the buttons
Answer: B, In the front, by the buttons. Why? Well, let’s suppose you get on the elevator and stand in the back. Another person gets on and blocks your ability to get to the doors. The person becomes threatening and may even attack you. What can you do? Only try to fight back.
Well, if you were standing by the buttons, here’s what you should do:
LIGHT THEM UP LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE!
That’s right, you hit every single button so the elevator is forced to stop at every floor. That gives you a chance to get off and run, or for others to help you. Screw being polite and moving to the back! Sure, get out of the way so they can get on the elevator, but stand your ground. Oh, and don’t bother hitting that alarm button. Use your energy to try to claw the attacker’s eyes out!
On that note, this was a public service announcement from your friendly safety coordinator, Clever Dude.