The Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered virus called the Coronavirus. This disease spreads from one person to another through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. It can stay on the surfaces of elevator buttons and escalator handrails for about 8 hours. As and when people return back to their normal life, one of the questions that arises in people’s mind is: “Is it safe to use the elevator”? For most people working in skyscrapers, using an elevator with safety precautions becomes a necessity. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
1. Avoid direct contact with the Elevator buttons
If in case you use your hands, it is best advised to avoid touching your face. You can still contain the spread of the virus if you do not touch your face. Remember to sanitize your hands / wash it immediately with an alcohol-based sanitizer or soap.
2. Maintain Social Distance in Elevators
If an elevator car is full, it is essential that you pace yourself and wait for the next one. It is best to travel in an elevator by your own or with a very few people to limit the spread of respiratory diseases. The best solution is to consider taking the stairs whenever possible, as it also aids to your fitness goals. These measures will not only keep you safe but also prioritizes the usage of the elevators by the elderly and the disabled.
3. Regular cleaning of Elevators
Instruct your facility management team to increase their cleaning on the buttons, handrails, walls, doors, and the touch-screen panels with the right amount of disinfectant.
4. Elevator Etiquette
When entering an elevator,
- One or two, the passenger occupies one side of a wall.
- Three or four, each one of them takes a corner.
- Five or six, all of them turn to face the door, get taller and thinner, hands and purses and briefcases are used to create a barrier.
It is ideal to maintain a distance of 1.2 – 3.6m space between two people. Below this distance you might be stepping on to someone’s personal space.
Now, what is the behavioral code to follow in an elevator?
- Stay clear of the doors
- Avoid placing your belongings from the elevator openings
- The passenger near the door needs to exit first, paving the way for the others to leave
- Place your elevator call and wait patiently. Constantly pressing the buttons doesn’t make your elevator come to your floor any sooner.
- Avoid selecting your destination yourself, if there is a passenger standing before you. Be polite and courteous to your fellow passenger to select your floor.
- Do not try to stop a closing door, patiently wait for the next car.
5. Precautions to take if you are stuck in an elevator during Covid-19
- Do not panic. Panicking worsens the situation.
- Avoid trying to exit the elevator on your own. All elevators are wired with an emergency alarm button that is audible to those in the vicinity.
- Use the elevator phone to get help.
Remaining calm and adhering to the necessary precautions reduces the risk of getting infected. And, do not forget to sanitize your hands after the ride and avoid touching your face.
6. Make the most of Technology
Other elevator products that are being developed by various companies are.
- Mobile phones to call elevators.
- Antiviral stickers on buttons.
- Lobby concierge-run elevators
- Fast service for elevator rides
- UV-light HVAC purification systems
- Customized buttons to aid passengers to select their destination with either their feet, voice or hand gestures.
7. Safety first
Taking precautions like wearing masks, remaining quiet, not leaning on the walls can make your elevator rides safe for you and others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends every elevator user to face the walls to reduce the spread and eliminate the risk of being infected.
1. Truly Touchless system
2. Non-Fidgeting system
This intelligent system gives the illusion of pressing the button, but without actually touching it.
3. Can be integrated with any Elevator
Thus, the Professional Instinct system saves time and cost for everyone who uses the elevator. This makes your journey in the elevator completely safe and easy.
With the risk of diseases being spread from one person to another, continuing to maintain a clean and safe elevator system is crucial to help people return back to their work and have a safe living.