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Keyes Q&A: Elevator recall tests, construction types, and linen chutes

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, December 1, 2018

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 Editor’s note: Each month, Brad Keyes, CHSP, owner of Keyes Life Safety Compliance, answers your questions about life safety compliance. Follow Keyes’ blog on life safety at www.keyeslifesafety.com for up-to-date information.   

Elevator recall test

Q: How do I perform the monthly elevator recall test?

A: If you have never performed an elevator recall test, I suggest you have your elevator maintenance company show you how it is done the first time, then you can do it in subsequent months. But, in lieu of that, here is how a monthly elevator recall test is performed:

  1. Take a copy of the elevator recall key, insert it in the corridor keyed switch on the level best used by the responding fire department, and turn it to the “Test” position. This key should be available from the elevator service company.
  2. This will recall all the elevators in that bank to the floor that you are on. Each elevator will “recall” to that floor and open its doors. The controls inside the elevator will not respond to normal touch, and the elevator car will sit there waiting for someone to take control. The elevators will be “out of service” during this test, so plan on doing this test when it will least impact your operations.

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