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Help! I’m Stuck


The largest elevator manufacturer in the world is Otis Elevator company.  Otis was founded way back in 1854 by Elisha Otis in Yonkers, New York.  Otis carries the equivalent of the world’s population on its elevators every 9 days.  Yes, seven billion people travel on Otis Elevators every nine days.  If you have ever been to the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State building then you have most likely ridden on an Otis elevator.  Sometimes though, elevators do get stuck between floors, or the doors might not open for a variety of reasons.  Hopefully, you have not been one of those unfortunate few.

So what do you do if you get stuck on an elevator?  The first thing you don’t do is to panic.  The second thing I would recommend you not doing that really won’t help much is to cry!  The opportunity might give you a chance to make some friends during your stay rather than just looking straight ahead, down at the floor, or up at the ceiling.  Don’t worry, on average most stuckees are freed from the elevator on average within thirty minutes.



Elevators in the United States are highly regulated and are inspected at least yearly by a state inspector who will only approve an elevator after a series of rigorous tests.  Elevators typically have a push button which is tied to an automatic dialer.  Once the button is pushed a called is automatically placed to a 24 hour emergency monitoring system who will in turn call the elevator company and management to notify them of the problem.  Some cities also require that the call be tied into the local fire department.  Most dialers do not however, automatically dial 911.  I suppose the reason for that is that is much too easy for someone to push the button and walk out of the elevator as a prank. The 911 center needs to receive only true emergency calls.

The call from the elevator is usually audio recorded with the time and duration and any call activity information recorded.  The operator will also respond with help even if the caller is deaf or can not communicate back for some reason.

If we get stuck in life we do have someone who we can go to who doesn’t even need an automatic dialer button.  Hopefully we have been talking to him all along way before we get stuck.  Thank you GOD for being with us always in the elevator of life, in our ups and downs, and when we get stuck. Thanks for being there for us and with us every day so that we don’t have to panic.




  1. osarobohenry says:

    Amen and Amen. He is our ever present helper both in season and out of season. Thank you my friend for this reminder. God’s blessings to you in the name of Jesus Christ

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  2. Hi Tony,

    Getting stuck in an elevator is one of my biggest fears. I don’t like small, enclosed spaces. Thanks for the tips!


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  3. My daughter just got stuck in an elevator where she works!


  4. tabitha59reachingout says:

    This is very cool information, Tony. Thanks. 🙂

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  5. ropheka says:

    He has been with me when it seems the elevators is going mach speed down and He has been with me on the delightful trip up.I like your analogy.

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  6. The other day when I took my kids to the dentist, two of them took the stairs while the rest of us rode in the elevator. I was wondering what I would do if we got stuck 🙂 I liked your analogy that we don’t need an automatic dialer button to reach God. And the statistics about how many people ride in elevators is mind-boggling!


  7. hoojewale says:

    Honestly, the prayer I’ve so very often found myself offered to God is, “God, help me” concluding with, “I don’t know what to do”. Who else will I call at every stuck point if not Jesus?

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  8. What a beautiful way to put across your message! You readers learns about the elevator which is a great lesson by itself, and then comes the message you set out to give. God is ever present to rescue us. This is well done.

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  9. jjspina says:

    That is something that frightens me. I hope I never have to experience it. I would be praying big time! Blessings & hugs!

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