When properly maintained, and used as intended, elevators and escalators are some of the safest methods of transportation in existence. But if you use a type of harness or leash on a small child, do not take your child on an elevator or escalator.
Anything dangling like a leash — as well as untied shoelaces, long coat straps, etc. — can be caught in moving equipment with disastrous consequences. This goes not only for escalators but elevators as well, as a child (or pet) on a leash could dart in or out of the cab as the doors close, the doors can catch the leash, and the elevator cab goes into motion … again with disastrous consequences.
The best way to protect children around moving equipment is to hold their hand and guide them safely. If using a baby cart or stroller, always use an elevator — never take them on an escalator. And always, always, always keep an eye on them. Do not let them play or linger around elevators, escalators, or even stairs.
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Escalator & Autowalk Safety Tips
- Instruct passengers to ride safely.
- Hold the handrail.
- Ride the escalator facing the appropriate direction of travel.
- Do not lean over the handrail.
- Keep feet away from the escalator’s sides.
- Step over the combplates at the top and bottom of the escalator.
- Children in strollers should never be transported on the escalator.
- Physically challenged passengers should never use the escalator.
- Do not transport freight on the escalator.
- Attend and hold children’s hands when riding escalator.
- Children should be accompanied by an adult and never left alone in the vicinity of an escalator.
- Do not allow anyone, especially children to play on or around the escalator.
- Do not jump on escalator.
- Keep hands away from handrail inlets and step.
Elevator Safety Tips
- Enter and exit the elevator promptly.
- Watch your step when entering or exiting the elevator.
- Children should always be accompanied by an adult when using the elevator.
- Do not allow children to play on or around an elevator.
- Children should be accompanied by an adult and never left alone in the vicinity of an elevator.
- No unauthorized person should enter the elevator hoistway.
- Elevators must not be used in the event of a fire or other emergency situations.
- Do not transport any long objects by opening the car top emergency exit.
- Do not jump in the car while the elevator is running.
- Do not prevent the operation of the infrared door detection-cells with objects.
- Never wedge an object or any part of the body in the path of a closing elevator door.
- Comply with the stated number of persons/weight for the elevator.
- When cleaning corridors or car interior, avoid sweeping water into the shaft.
- Use the ‘stop’ and ‘alarm’ buttons only when required.
- When calling the elevator, press only the button indicating the direction you wish to travel.