One of the best parts of living in a big city is taking in the skyline. There’s just something so breathtaking about looking up from the ground at all the beautiful buildings or better yet, looking out from the roof of one of them.
And when it comes to working in a big city, there’s a very small chance that you’ll work on the ground floor. Like it or not, elevators are part of almost every city dweller’s reality. While on average just 27 people die in elevator related incidents each year, the slight chance drives some people to suck it up and take the stairs.
But if things do somehow take a turn for the worse, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know if you ever find yourself in a free-falling elevator.
Contrary to popular belief, jumping during impact isn’t going to save your life.
Jumping in a state of free fall can spell disaster for your body. Gravity makes it incredibly hard to jump in that situation, and even if you are able to defy the odds, there’s no telling how you’ll land.
Standing up straight isn’t the best idea either.
The G-force pushing down on your body during impact is nearly 10 times your body weight, which could leave you with serious injuries to your spine if you try to endure a fall by standing up straight.
As is the case with car accidents, bracing yourself will only leave you in a world of hurt.
You’ve probably heard that bracing yourself for a car crash is a problem, and the same applies here. Stiffness paired with immense force is a bad (and sometimes deadly) combo.
By no means should you sit down on the elevator floor.
This is another spine-crushing move. Don’t do it.
Okay, so how can you protect yourself in a free-falling elevator? First, cover your face with your hands.
Protect your eyes and face from falling debris by covering your face with your hands. You never know what kind of nonsense could be kicked up in the process of a fall.
Your best chance of survival is actually laying flat in the center of the elevator.
The moment you feel the elevator begin falling, lie flat on your back in the middle of the elevator. This will evenly distribute the force of impact on your body. Your spine and limbs will be perpendicular to the direction of impact, which reduces the chance of sustaining any serious injuries.
Here’s hoping that you never have to put these techniques into practice, but at least you’re prepared. May the odds be in your favor.