Hollywood directors are fond of filming “death due to elevator” scenes for every other horror or action movies. You may have found yourself on the edge whenever a character enters an elevator knowing that he may meet a horrible end. It turns out that people are afraid of elevators in real life too. New York citizens stopped using elevators out of the fear of being crushed to death after an advertising executive Suzanne Hart met the same fate.
If it is any relief to elevator phobic people out there, then death due to elevator is extremely rare. However, if you ever find yourself in a situation where your elevator suddenly starts free falling, then here is what you need to do.
Don’t bend your knees to brace for the impact because you will experience extreme gravitational force on ground and you will not be able to support your body weight.
According to the researchers at MIT, you should lie down flat at the center of the elevator as it free falls towards the ground. It will evenly distribute the body weight and spread the force of impact on the greatest part of your body. This is how you can maximize your chance of survival on an elevator.
According to stats, elevator results around 27 deaths each year out of possible 80 billion passengers which makes your chance of death due to elevator at 0.00000015%. It turns out elevator is your safest option since you are 16 times more likely to die on the stairs than on an elevator.
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