By Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature Network
Great question, and I can answer this with the utmost authority, because I frequent elevators quite a bit. Here's what to do:
Take a deep breath. When the elevator you're in first lurches to a stop between floors, your gut response may be to panic. Especially if you get claustrophobic. But don't. Getting nervous will only make things worse, especially if you work yourself into a full-blown panic attack and nobody can get in to give you medical attention. So just breathe, and remember that this too shall pass.
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Press the call button. All elevators have them, and there's a reason they are there - for situations just like this. Some elevators have an emergency telephone to be used for the very same purpose. Your call will signal building maintenance that there's a problem with your elevator, and set the wheels in motion for your ultimate exodus. If no one answers your call, try banging