Preparing Your Elevator for a Hurricane

We just suffered through Hurricane Harvey, and now here comes Hurricane Irma, so we’re keeping this checklist up at the top of our blog. Let’s all make sure to stay safe, and if you need us, we’re here for you.

So, on to the hurricane preparedness list…

BEFORE THE HURRICANE

  • Check all sump pumps, float switches and alarms in elevator pits.
  • Close up all vents and openings in top of hoistway and machine room to prevent water from entering.
  • If elevators open to the outside, place sandbags along the bottom of hoistway doors. Since this makes the elevator unusable, do this just before shutting down the elevator.

DURING THE HURRICANE

  • Run elevators to the top floor of hoistway and pull the main breaker in the elevator machine room (not in the building’s main breaker room).
  • Park elevators with doors closed.
  • Do not operate elevators during the hurricane.

AFTER THE HURRICANE

  • Inspect the elevator pit, cab and machine room for any water. Do not energize main line breaker if water is found.
  • If water is found, call your elevator service provider immediately!
  • Do not attempt to start elevator if power is out – call your electric company

Even with the proper preparations, hurricanes often cause power outages and surges that can stop elevators between floors and entrap passengers, and worse, knock out the emergency communication system. Be aware that people may be trapped in elevators with no way to call for help. We can’t state this strongly enough: never try to exit, or attempt to help others exit, a stalled elevator without trained professional rescue workers on hand.

Testing the Impact on Safety

Continuing our week of highlighting safety, today we want to shine our spotlight on our Escalator Comb Plate Impact Fixture Test Kit.

The adjustment of the combplate impact switches on all escalators is important in order to ensure safe and reliable operation of the equipment. This tool has been designed to make the adjustment and calibration process easier, and accurate.

This leads directly to greater safety for the riding public.

For more information, see our website: KONE Spares Escalator Comb Plate Impact Fixture Test Kit »

Dark Pits and Zombies

Happy Hump Day! Today, continuing our week of highlighting safety, we’re going to focus on two more tools we use ourselves and want to share with the industry.

This is our flat cable splitter, which is specifically designed to improve safety while splitting flat traveling cables. And if you’ve ever had to prepare the connection ends of a flat traveling cable, you know what we’re talking about.

This tool is specifically designed to improve safety for opening these flat elevator cables. The splitter also has the added benefit of making it much quicker and easier to open them, which can be a challenge when you’re down in a dark, dirty elevator pit.

For more information on the cable splitter, visit our website: KONE Spares Flat Cable Splitter »

The second product we want to feature today is what we use to protect ourselves from zombies.

Yes, ZOMBIES.

Want to learn more about this “Cadillac of Barricades” and how it offers better protection against the packs of zombies? Visit our website to learn more: KONE Spares Maintenance Barrier »

Lift Aide instead of First Aide

Continuing our week of highlighting safety, today we want to introduce you to something we designed for ourselves, and now provide to the industry.

This is our Lift Aide system, which we developed to prevent strains or injury when lifting heavy escalator controllers in or out of escalator pits. The Lift Aide is certified with a lift capacity of 200 pounds, providing an easier means of removing heavy controllers for escalator servicing.

How does it work? A support bracket is permanently installed inside the escalator pit. The Lift-Aide easily slides into this support bracket, providing a safe and almost effortless means of lifting the controller out for service.

Extra brackets and hardware are available, so you can install them into all of the difficult units you have in service. That way only one Lift Aide is needed, as it can easily be moved from unit to unit.

For more information, see our website: KONE Spares Lift Aide »