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 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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