Elevators and Stairwells

Another safety concern in hotels is elevators and stairwells. Avoid using stairs, except in the case of a fire alarm, when you should not use the elevator. Stairwells are more isolated, and the chances of something bad happening to you are greater in a stairwell than an elevator. This doesn’t mean that elevators are perfectly safe however. You’ll need to have your wits about you, no matter how you get to and from your room. If for any reason you have a feeling that a person on an elevator is bad news, and you’re having second thoughts about getting on, you should respect those feelings and not get on. Wait for another elevator. It’s better to be a little bit delayed than attacked. You may not be able to put your finger on exactly why a particular person on an elevator gives you “the creeps” or looks suspicious, but don’t worry about it. Trust your instincts, and if you think you shouldn’t get on, don’t. It’s not “rude” and you’re not accusing anyone of anything. Our bodies have ways of sensing threats to our personal safety beyond the five ordinary senses, and when you get a bad feeling there’s probably a reason for it. When using an elevator, try to stand near the controls if possible. It’s always best if you can be the last to select your floor. Be aware of other passengers, especially behind you. If you’re ever accosted or attacked, try to press as many floor buttons as possible.

SHORTCUTS TO TRAVEL SAFETY ARTICLES:

Travel Safety And General Nuisances
Travel Safety And Getting Ripped Off
Travel Safety And Going Off The Beaten Path
Travel Safety And Skiing And Snowboarding Safety
Travel Safety And Your Home
Travel Safety And Your Valuables
Personal Safety While Traveling
Travel Safety: The Car
Travel Safety: Benefits of a Cell Phone
Travel Safety: Benefits of a Global Positioning System
Travel Safety: Lodging
Travel Safety: Safety in the Hotel
Hotel Safety: Elevators and Stairwells
Tips for Safe International Travel
Utilizing News Sources to Stay Informed