Safety Expert Advises What To Do When Stuck In An Elevator

Everybody got a laugh out of the Modern Family cast being trapped in an elevator.

But being stuck on an elevator isn't always funny.

Panic gripped a trapped woman as she kicked the elevator doors, exactly the wrong thing to do.

Another man was seen on high-speed surveillance video. Incredibly, he was trapped in an elevator for 41 hours - nearly two whole days.

We asked elevator safety expert Kevin Doherty for his advice on what to do if you find yourself trapped in an elevator.

Step one - stay calm.

Kevin said, "The best thing you can do is, do not panic."

Step two - call for help.

Kevin said, "There’s an alarm button that'll indicate to the building that somebody's stuck in the elevator. If you have a cell phone, dial 911, give them your location."

Step three - wait it out.

Kevin said, "The best and safest place you can be is inside the elevator. Wait for the professionals to come and get you out. I truly cannot stress strongly enough, this is the safest place to be."

And one more thing. If you're stuck in an elevator, take a tip from the Modern Family cast and try to have a sense of humor about it.

Kevin said, “They did a great job. They really did. There was no tension and they were having a good time of it.”