Fear of elevators is one of the fears that is not officially considered a phobia. The use of elevators is very common today. Many people experience fear, however small, when they think of using elevators over long distances. But what is the cause? In this article, we will talk about the fear of elevators and how to overcome them. be with us.
Cause of fear of elevators
In many people, the fear of the elevator stems from another specific phobia that the person has, but manifests itself; In the sense that you might think you were just afraid to take the elevator, but that fear is rooted in another phobia. Fear of elevators, like other types of phobias, can range from normal to severe.
1. Narrowness or claustrophobia
Claustrophobia means fear of closed environments. The small cab and elevator shaft may cause panic-related reactions.
۲. Isolation or agoraphobia
Fear of getting caught in a situation that is difficult or impossible to escape. People with isolationism usually avoid crowds, and many of these people have no problem with elevators. However, because it is not possible to escape the crowds in the elevator, most people with isolation prefer not to use the elevator.
3. Past experiences
In many cases, the phobia stems from experiences that have frightened us in the past. Those who have the experience of getting stuck in an elevator, even for a short time, are more afraid of getting in the elevator than others. Of course, this bitter experience may not have happened to you, and the bad experience of someone around you may cause you to fear.
In many horror movies, Halloween parties, and horror ceremonies, elevators play a prominent role in the culture of some communities. When there is a problem with an elevator in real life, images of the elevator are widely circulated in the media and can be viewed on the Internet for a long time.
Seeing scary elevator incidents is enough to make many people fear the elevator.
Facts About Elevator Safety
Like many things we do in life, there may be little risk of using an elevator. Many people have a misconception about how elevators work.
How the elevator works
Elijah Otis revolutionized the elevator industry in 1853 with the invention of the braking system. This system was designed for times when the elevator rope had a problem. After this invention, with the advancement of technology and the established safety laws, the safety of elevators increased dramatically.
Today, elevators are supported by a set of cables. Each of these cables alone has the power to hold a loaded machine. The outer doors of the elevator do not open until the cab is in place, which minimizes the risk of falling into the elevator shaft. Speed control and steering systems steer the elevator with the utmost precision towards the desired destination.
Modern elevators are called “safe rooms” because the elevator car is the safest place in any way when the elevator system has a problem. The elevator car is equipped with a telephone and an emergency warning system so that in certain circumstances, the occupants of the elevator can call for help. The air conditioning system inside the cabins solves the problem of lack of oxygen during long stops.
However, elevator accidents sometimes do occur. Elevators may get stuck, and in rare cases elevator occupants may stay in the elevator for a full day; But in such cases, nothing but hunger, thirst and a little tiredness threaten the prisoners.
Extremely destructive elevator accidents are rare. For example, in 2011, two women lost their lives in two different places in the United States two weeks apart. In an accident that occurred in California due to a problem with the elevator rail, the woman in the cab decided to jump out of the elevator when the cab stopped between two floors. Examination of the elevator after the accident showed that the elevator had no problems and was working properly; But the main culprits in the New York incident were workers who forgot to properly control the elevator safety system.
The occurrence of some dangerous events in devices such as elevators is inevitable. Therefore, the Elevator and Escalator Safety Organization (EESF) has established a list of safety measures for those who use these devices. Here are some of the safety measures on this list:
- Use the key to open the elevator door instead of pushing the door open;
- Be careful that your bag or clothes do not get stuck in the elevator door when the doors are closed;
- Stay in the elevator car in case of emergency;
- In the event of a fire in the building, use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Overcome the fear of elevators
For many people, learning safety tips and getting acquainted with the elevator mechanism helps to overcome the common fear of elevators. Also, watching the glass elevator for a few hours can be useful in relieving the fear of the elevator.
If your fears are severe and persistent, it is best to seek professional help. Fear of elevators may lead to rejection of a good job offer on the upper floors of a building, refusal to see patients on the upper floors of the hospital, and climbing tens of steps instead of using the elevator.
Keep in mind that with the help of a counselor and a little practice, you will not let the fear of the elevator disrupt your life.