Lifts are commonly used and safe transport equipment, but you can also personally affect the safety of your lift usage.
Some lifts used in Finland, particularly those in older residential buildings, do not have a car door. Instead, their front wall moves vertically as the lift travels up and down. This creates a danger of wedging when travelling with a large object (such as a rubbish container, cleaning trolley, pram or pushchair). An object touching the front wall may become wedged, turn sideways and push you against the back wall.
When taking a large object on a lift without a car door, the safest place to stand is next to a side wall. In other cases the safest place is the back of the lift.
Make sure you teach your children how to use lifts: The lift is not a place for play, jumping or pushing others. Straps and cords such as dog leads can also get stuck between the doors or in gaps in the front wall. Exercise caution when stepping into and out of a lift because old lifts in particular may not stop exactly at the correct level. This may create a high step between the landing and the lift car floor on which you can trip.
Older lifts have an alarm system that activates a sound alarm in the staircase. In newer lifts the alarm message is sent to a staffed contact point, with many also providing a telephone connection with on-call staff. If the lift doors do not open once the lift has stopped, you should press the alarm button, wait and − if there is a speech connection − report the situation to the on-call service centre. Do no try to force the doors open. Wait until service centre staff arrive and help you out.
Lift reliability and safety is maintained through servicing, repairs and inspections. A servicing programme is created for each lift, with each lift serviced several times a year in accordance with the programme. Any defects and malfunctions detected in a lift should be addressed without any delay. Periodic inspections of residential lifts must take place every other year (with the first inspection to take place within four years of commissioning) and be performed by an authorised inspection body. A sticker attached to the lift shows the inspection has been performed, specifying the inspection date and the date of the next inspection.