22 July 2009

Knock 3 times on the elevator if you want help

Photographed inside an elevator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History today.

Surely there must be a more effective way for deaf people to request help from inside an elevator.


BG said...

I can't think of a better way off the top of my head. They would not know if the alarm bell button was ringing or not.

In this case the person who picks up the other end of the phone will clearly hear 'knock-knock-knock' pause, 'knock-knock-knock' and the deaf person can be reasonably sure hitting the receiver on the door will be making a noise.

I hope the phone has a visual indicator it is working, but perhaps that is the reason for specifying the door, if the phone is not working at least the sound can be heard outside the elevator.

If the phone is not working the deaf person is no worse off than a non-deaf person who would know the phone wasn't working and then.... start banging on the door.

xoggoth said...

Cue for a song.

...twice on the pipe if the answer is no.

xoggoth said...

Ah, here it is


(Giving away my age here)


I was listening to that very song while writing this post!