Schindler Elevator Corporation recommends safety guidelines for before, during and after inclement weather occurs.
MORRISTOWN, NJ, July 14, 2022 – During a season in which weather can be potentially hazardous, it’s important that building and facility managers take the proper precautions to help prevent elevator damage and protect the safety of building occupants. Schindler Elevator Corporation offers the following tips to consider before, during and after weather-related events. Customers should contact their elevator service provider for implementation of these and other safety measures.
"The elevator machine room is a central area of vulnerability during severe weather, with electrical panels at risk for taking in water," says Jakub Glowacki, Director of Repair for Schindler Elevator Corporation. Before hurricanes or heavy rain arrives, several preventative measures are available to safeguard equipment:
Best practice is to refrain from using an elevator during an intense weather event as water can disable elevators and lead to entrapments. When it becomes apparent that a storm will reach your area, carry out the following immediate steps:
"Ensure you are familiar with your equipment’s emergency systems in the event that you must exit passengers quickly," added Glowacki. "If you are uncertain about how to proceed at any point, your elevator service provider can help."
Preparing for power issues is equally critical in the event of storms. Check your power systems for the following:
As soon as the weather has cleared, check for water on the control panels or in the machine room before restoring power. If water is found, contact your elevator service provider and do not resume operation until they have conducted a thorough inspection.
"Weather conditions can be unpredictable, so carrying out these precautions and procedures ahead of time is extremely important," explained Glowacki. "Developing a process to secure safety of the equipment and its occupants and conducting practice sessions during low-demand hours in the presence of a supervisor and/or trained elevator technician can make all the difference."
To learn more about proper mobility preparations in the event of emergencies including but not limited to harsh weather, review this safety fact sheet and storm season protection sheet from Schindler: