Ensuring Elevator Safety During Harsh Weather

In preparation for hurricane season in some areas and then winter weather, Schindler Elevator has some recommendations for energy and facility managers to protect elevator equipment.

First, Schindler recommends that the manager have a diagram showing the location of the elevators, car numbers and the elevator car phone numbers as well as the elevator company’s emergency phone number.

Before any inclement weather happens, facility managers should inspect the elevator machine room’s ventilation openings, windows and doors for possible rain leakage. If, during the inspection, water leakage is found, prevent water from reaching electrical panels by installing metal splash guards around ventilation openings and weather stripping around any machine room doors that open to the outdoors.

If a storm is near, the first step is to close all vents and openings at the top of the hoistway to prevent water from entering the elevator shaft. Next, barricade the machine room, and be sure that no occupants are left in buildings that are reliant on elevators for egress.

Managers should also familiarize themselves with their equipment’s emergency systems in case there is a need to exit passengers quickly. Ensure that the elevator has a surge protection system. If there is an emergency power generation system backup or an emergency return system for hydraulic, machine room-less or traction elevators, make sure it is reliable. Finally ensure that emergency lighting and elevator communications are operable.

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