For millions of people, riding in an elevator is an everyday occurrence. And if you’ve ever watched a disaster movie or nervously glanced at a maximum load capacity, you’ve probably wondered what how you’d survive being trapped in a falling elevator.
From bumps and bruises to amputations and even death, data suggests elevators are proving increasingly dangerous. In fact, people in Canada are finding themselves trapped in faulty elevators more often. Countless more are suffering through inconvenience and isolation because of elevators that are out of service; and according to an investigation by The Canadian Press the problem is worsening.
So, if you’re looking to survive a free falling elevator and don’t know what to do, the following video will help. The informational video is in conjunction with Lonely Planet‘s book on How to Survive Anything—a visual guide to laughing in the face of adversity. Using the same witty, graphic format as the book, the video will help you withstand a free falling elevator and debunks the common misconceptions.
For example, some people advocate jumping upward a split-second prior to impact to reduce your impact speed. Assuming you retain the presence of mind and Olympic reactions to pull this off; the best speed reduction you could hope for would be 3 or 4 kph. More likely, you’d hit your head on the ceiling and land badly, exacerbating your injuries.
How to survive in a free falling elevator