How to use an elevator

Elevators are a convenient and efficient way to move between floors, and they are becoming increasingly sophisticated. With the latest technology, elevators can now be used for more than just transporting people. They can be used as a tool for improving building efficiency, increasing safety, and providing a more comfortable elevator experience.

Going up and down several stairs can take up a lot of your time. All that walking can even be an inconvenience with hand-fulls of groceries, sore legs, or holding a child. Luckily, most buildings are well equipped with elevators and lifts. An elevator ride would be your best option to ensure quick and easy travel.

In this article, we will look at how to use elevators properly and safely.

How to use an elevator


1. It is important to always be aware of your surroundings when using an elevator. Before getting in, make sure the area is clear of debris, objects, and people that could obstruct the elevator doors. Then, be sure to always face the doors when entering or exiting the elevator.

2. Before you enter the elevator there are two buttons on each side of the elevator door that says up or down. You can choose to go up if and also choose to go down if you wish. Once you press any of these button, wait for a while, let’s say 5 to 6 seconds for the elevator door to open.

3. Once the door is open, always keep a distance between the elevator because people would rush out the the elevator and you wouldn’t want to crash into them.

4. Once inside, pay attention to the buttons. Many elevators have multiple buttons for different floors, and it is important to select the correct one in order to reach your desired destination. You should also make sure to stay behind the yellow line and to never stand in front of the doors.

5. Once you begin your elevator ride, you may experience a slight change in your weight. But don’t panick it’s normal. While you’re in the elevator always go to the back to stay because other people would still come in. To prevent awkward stare into someone’s eyes, you can choose to listen to music on your phone or press your phone for no reason.

6. When the elevator reaches your floor, stand to the side to allow other passengers to exit, and then make your way out. It is important to always exit the elevator as soon as possible to avoid blocking the doors and preventing other passengers from getting in.

7. In case of emergency, there are always emergency buttons in every elevator. So if the elevator stops immediately or the light goes off, immediately press the emergency button.

8. Finally, it is important to always be courteous to other passengers. Avoid talking on the phone and be mindful of others when speaking during the ride.

Do’s and Don’t of using an elevator


  1. Be considerate and polite. When entering the elevator, step aside and allow others to enter first.
  2. Greet people in the elevator with a friendly “hello” or “good morning” if you can.
  3. Push the ‘door open’ or ‘door close’ button if the other passengers request it.
  4. Stand aside to allow other passengers to exit the elevator before you.
  5. If you are the last person to leave the elevator, make sure the doors are closed behind you.
  6. Hold the elevator for people who are running towards it.

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  1. Don’t enter the elevator before allowing other passengers to exit.
  2. Don’t block the door by standing too close to it.
  3. Avoid using your cellphone while in the elevator.
  4. Don’t eat or drink in the elevator.
  5. Don’t hold the doors open for an excessively long time.
  6. Don’t block the buttons or the sensors.

Do you press buttons for others entering the elevator?

You can press the close doors button to get on with your trip up or down. But you should not press the button to hurry the doors closed when someone is approaching the elevator. It’s flat out rude. Wait the few seconds for them to arrive and enter the lift.

What happens if you press the stop button in an elevator?

When pressed, the elevator will stop immediately and abruptly, while escalator, or moving walkway will stop slowly to prevent the passengers getting injured. This is true even if there is otherwise nothing wrong with the elevator. On some elevators, tripping the interlocks will have the same effect.

What happens if you press the bell button on the elevator?

The bell rings when the button is pushed to alert people that someone is stuck in the elevator and needs assistance. Usually marked with an image of a phone, this button is used to contact a technician for help.

What is the safest place to stand in an elevator?

Stand next to the elevator wall, if available. Pay attention to the floor indications. If the doors do not open when the elevator stops, push the door open button.

Final words

By following these tips, you can ensure a safe, comfortable, and efficient ride in an elevator. Elevators are a great way to move between floors, so make sure to use them properly to get the most out of the experience.

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