How to Stay Safe If You’re Stuck in an Elevator (Part I)

If you ever get stuck in an elevator, focus on staying calm and getting help.

Getting stranded in a stalled elevator can be frightening, particularly if you aren’t a fan of enclosed spaces. If you are stuck in an elevator, don’t fret. Focus instead on getting help and then remaining calm in the elevator so you’re safe and aren’t at risk of injury. By following the tips below, you will likely be out of the stranded elevator quickly.

Getting Help in the Elevator

Don’t panic! Most elevators are secure when they are stuck. They won’t free fall and are secure even when stopped. Also, the elevator is not airtight so you will have plenty of oxygen to remain in the elevator safely.

Besides, you shouldn’t worry about being stuck in the dark in the elevator. Most elevators will still have working lights even when stuck. There is likely emergency lighting that will come on in the elevator if the power goes out.

If for some reason there is smoke in the elevator, you might attempt to pry open the door to let in fresh air or to try to escape. But this can lead to being injured. So, unless the smoke is severe and overpowering, you must not tamper with the elevator doors in any way.

Press the “call” or “alarm” button in the elevator. Look for these two buttons on the panel in the elevator. Or, it might have a phone symbol or alarm bell on it. Press this button to let building maintenance know that you are stuck in the elevator. There should be someone on the other end who can answer your call and get assistance for you.

If there is no alarm button, there might be an emergency telephone in the elevator. Use the emergency telephone to call for help.



Staying Safe When You’re Stuck on the Side of the Road

At some point in your life, your car will likely break down on the side of the road even if it’s just a flat tire. Remember these tips to stay safe during this dreadful experience. 

Breaking down on the road can be stressful and scary but knowing how to remain safe is key. Check out these tips to get help and stay safe on the side of the road.

Try to get your car to the shoulder

Cars coming around a curve will be rattled if you are sitting in the blind spot of the curve. If the driver is startled, they could end up rear-ending you, bringing on more damage and perhaps injuring you too. It is rare that your vehicle will just stop working. You should have enough of a warning to move onto the shoulder.

Lock your doors

Stay inside the car to avoid being hit by traffic and lock the doors. You don’t want someone unexpectedly getting into your vehicle.

Call for help

Make a call for help to either a tow truck or roadside assistance if you have it on your auto insurance policy. If your phone is dead, hang something white outside of your window and secure it by rolling the window up. This will notify highway patrol officers that you need help.

Have on your emergency blinkers

This will let other vehicles see that your car isn’t moving and to watch out. Usually, drivers who can see you ahead of time will get into the other lane, but this is not always possible.

Be cautious of who stops to assist

Criminals target those who are on the side of the road as an easy target. If you have called for help, keep your windows up and your doors locked. Thank the person for stopping and tell them you’ve called for help. If they don’t leave and stay outside of your car waiting, call 911. Safety is number one when broken down.

If your phone is dead and they are the first person to stop, ask them to call the police, but you can do this all while staying in your car and only cracking your window a little. If they are truly wanting to help you, they won’t ask you to get out of your car.


How to Be Safe If You’re Caught in a Mass Shooting (Part VII)


After the Situation is Over

Once the area is secure, police will most likely organize an evacuation, while EMTs or other authorities will come in to see who might be injured or unable to leave on their own. Like mentioned earlier, the whole situation might have you stuck in a room somewhere, far away from whatever possessions you might have had with you at the time, and probably way away from loved ones or friends who might have been separated from you at the time.

Depending on the scale and size of the situation, you might not even be approached by the police. If you aren’t, and you have to follow up, go to an officer and make yourself available. Let them know you want to help, but you also left some personal items behind, and that now’s not the time, you’d like to follow up with someone when everything is settled.

Workplace or School

If it’s a workplace or school, your stuff will possibly be where you left it. If it’s a public place like a park or mall, pay attention to the news. You might hear there first when the place re-opened and where to go for more information. Don’t underestimate the value of social media here. Local governments, law enforcement, and malls and shopping centers all use it.

Being involved in mass shootings can be taxing on your mental health.

Finally, don’t overlook the emotional and mental stress that being in a violent situation can have on you, or on your loved ones, particularly if they’re children. Be sure to seek out the right medical help for any injuries you could have. If there’s counseling available to people affected, take advantage of it. Don’t just try to power through it. Talk to someone, even if it’s a professional.

Hopefully, you won’t ever need any of this advice. Though, violence is a fact of life. If you find yourself caught up in it, paying attention to your surroundings and calm nerves can go a long way to keeping you safe.