Escalator Safety Tips

While escalators are among the safest forms of transportation in the world, accidents can occasionally occur as a result of unsafe riding practices. Therefore, it is important to abide by the following safety rules:

When entering escalators:

·         Watch the direction of the moving step and step on and off with extra care.
·         Take care if you are wearing bifocals or similar eyewear.
·         Hold children firmly with one arm or hold child’s free hand. 
·         Hold small packages firmly in one hand, but always leave one hand available to hold the handrail.
·         Grasp the handle as you step onto the moving step.
·         Do not go in the opposite direction of the escalator.
·         Do not take wheelchairs, electric scooters, strollers, hand carts, luggage carts or similar items on the escalator.

When riding escalators:

·         Keep loose clothing clear of steps and sides.
·         Wear closed-toed and hard-soled shoes, and avoid wearing footwear made of soft-resin or other rubbery materials.
·         Stand clear of the sides of the escalator.
·         Face forward and keep firm grip on the handrail.
·         Reposition your hand slowly if the handrail moves ahead or behind the steps.
·         Don’t climb onto or ride the handrail.
·         Do not let children sit on steps or stand too close to sides.

When exiting escalators:

·         Don't hesitate and step off promptly.
·         Make sure to step over the comb fingers; don’t let your feet slide off the end of the escalator.
·         Immediately move clear of the escalator exit area; don't stop to talk or look around since other passengers may be behind you.

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