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How To Protect Your Elevator From Storms?

It is important that facility and building managers take precautions during a season when weather can be dangerous. This will help to prevent elevator damage and ensure safety for building occupants. Schindler Elevator Corporation provides the following tips for weather-related events. Customers can contact their elevator service provider to get assistance or questions regarding these and other safety precautions.

Initial preparations

In a designated security area, a diagram showing the locations of elevators and car numbers should be displayed. Along with any numerical designations, an emergency number for the elevator company should also be displayed.

Building and facility managers should inspect the elevator room’s ventilation openings and windows for any rain leakage before inclement weather strikes. Install metal splash guards around ventilation openings, weather stripping around machine room doors that face the outside, and prevent water from getting to electrical panels if water leakage is discovered.

Before a Storm hits

There are steps you can take to protect your elevator equipment from damage if a storm is approaching you to need lift spare parts. To prevent water from getting into the elevator shaft, close all vents and openings on the hoistway. Barricade the machine area and ensure that no occupants remain in buildings that rely on elevators for escape.

Alex McFarlane (director of the repair) says that elevators in enclosed buildings should be run by managers to take each car to the middle of the building or the top floor for buildings with two stories. Elevators that are exposed to the elements should be run to the floor below. To prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing the equipment, park the cars in the appropriate spots. After the car is parked properly, turn off the elevator with the keyed switch. To completely disconnect power from the elevator, you should also place the mainline disconnect in the “off” position.

Parking elevators is an important thing to do. However, it is also necessary to be prepared for power outages. McFarlane states that managers should be familiar with the equipment’s emergency systems to ensure they can quickly exit passengers. “Ensure the elevator has a surge protector system. Make sure that there is an emergency power generator backup system or an emergency return system to hydraulic, machine-room-less or traction elevators. Also, ensure emergency lighting and elevator communications work.

Before and after the Storm

Avoid using an elevator due to water damage or wind-driven water. This can cause elevators to malfunction and potentially trap passengers. After the weather clears, inspect the machine room and control panels for any signs of water before you restore power. Do not resume operations if water is discovered.

Weather conditions can change rapidly so facility and building managers need to be aware of these risks and prepare a plan ahead of time to ensure safety for equipment and occupants. The practice sessions should be held during low-demand hours and with a supervisor or trained technician in the elevator.

This equipment is an integral part of our daily lives, with more than 70,000 elevators in New York City. The risks have been reduced over the years by technology that has improved so much that very few people realize it is dangerous to use these machines in the wrong way. The Elevator Unit is responsible for the safe operation, reliable service, and legal use of vertical transportation devices in our City. These include Elevators and Escalators as well as personnel hoists, Dumbwaiters, and Material Lifts. Wheelchair lifts and Conveyors are also included.

The Unit handles complaints, conducts re-inspection of private and DOB hazardous violations and audits, responds, and investigates accidents/incidents. It also conducts surveys, acceptance testing, and other special assignments. The Elevator Unit also processes new elevator applications, conducts plan inspections, issues permits to modernize, remove, or dismantle, as well as handling Construction Code questions and clarifications via mail and over the telephone.

Elevator Safety

  • When entering or exiting the elevator, look down to ensure it is at the same level as the floor.
  • If the elevator stops at 9 inches from the landing, do not get out of the elevator.
  • Use the door open close elevator doors, press the button instead of using any part your body.
  • Never lean on the elevator doors.
  • Close the elevator doors to keep clothing items, such as scarves and ties, out of reach.
  • Don’t be impatient and don’t crowd the elevator. Elevators can become stuck if too many people are in the way.
  • Jumping can cause an elevator to be uneven. It is possible to get stuck.

3 rules to follow if you are stuck in an elevator

  • Ring the alarm.
  • You can relax, because there is help.
  • Do not open the doors.
  • If there’s a fire, use the stairs.

Safety of the Escalator

  • Take care when you step on the gas pedal
  • Keep the handrail in place
  • Assist seniors and young children
  • Always look forward
  • Do not touch the sides beneath the handrail
  • Never take a stroller with you.
  • Tie your shoes properly

In an Emergency

  • In the event of a fire, don’t use an elevator
  • Keep calm and wait for help if your elevator stops working.
  • Do not try to open the elevator doors.
  • Use the emergency call button
  • Follow the instructions of the building management
  • Do not attempt to get out of a stalled elevator by yourself without asking for assistance from the building management or an emergency responder (e.g. Police, Fire Rescue
  • While you wait for help, move to the rear of the elevator.
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