Ed-vise: Elevator Safe Spot

A Rest in Peace Vin Scully GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, Vin Scully, Voice of the Dodgers has died at 94. Rest in Peace sir; Rest in Peace.

What Would You Do Wednesday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s WEDNESDAY! And I do love WEDNESDAYS!

Panic at the Disco. Or, at least in Vegas.

Couple weeks ago, the breaking of a glass door at the MGM sounded like gunfire. Rightly so, the patrons panicked. Video shows people running everywhere. Ducking everywhere and doing everything.

I read an article put together by a person that was riding the elevator at the time. It stopped and a mob of people rushed onto the elevator. So many that the door wouldn’t close. Then, when it did, the elevator was overloaded and would not move. Side note: the capacity sticker in an elevator can easily be exceeded especially with the size of ‘Muricans these days. Furthermore, it won’t run.

So, What Would You Do if you were the person standing on the elevator. It comes to a stop and you see a panicked mob coming for the elevator? Naturally, you have less time than before because you were most likely on your phone reading this blog. Quickly now, What Would You Do?

If you don’t think you can get off, step to the panel with all the buttons on it. If you have small children, place them between you and the wall. You will have leverage against the mob and the little Cherub won’t get kicked around.

Stepping up to the panel places you in a small “pocket” or “eddy” in the Stream of Chaos coming your way. That panel sits in what is called the “return.” The return is where the door opens and goes into a little pocket.

I tell you to step to the panel with the numbers for two reasons. First, it gives you a target to go to. Especially if you are not an “Elevator Expert” like myself. Second, sometimes the door on the elevator only has one return. That return will have the buttons on it.

You don’t want to step to the back of the elevator. Reason being you could easily get crushed against the back wall. Especially in a panic. In addition, if the elevator is over-weighted, being at the front of the elevator means you can get out if someone has to leave. Trust me, you don’t want to be stuck in a confining space like an elevator during an emergency.

Should the elevator end up with a stampede going out, again, by standing up against the buttons versus in front of the door, you won’t get trampled.

In an active shooter situation, the elevator isn’t your best option. In a massive casino, exits are everywhere. Go find one. But, if you end up in an elevator when the panicked mob is coming at you, get to the buttons. I think it your safest spot.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember when you mix a laxative and a pain killer together you get the latest pharmaceutical cure called…I-B-POOPIN! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA…ewww!


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