CAN BE DANGEROUS DON'T TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED
Escalators. We take them
for granted. We don't really think of them as too dangerous. But the startling
fact is thousands of people visit hospital emergency rooms because of escalator
Each year the ride between floors is made
easier when an estimated 90 billion riders use an escalator. Although most
of those rides are without incident, the CPSC estimates there are more
than 10,000 escalator related injuries a year. The majority of these injuries
are from falls, but 10 percent occur when hands, feet or shoes are trapped
in escalators. The most common entrapment is to the foot. Soft-sided shoes
are the most likely to get stuck and pose the possibility of injury to
|Here are some steps you
can take to help prevent escalator injuries,
especially injuries to young
Be aware that loose shoe laces, drawstrings,
scarves, and mittens can get trapped in escalators.
Make sure shoes are tied before getting on
Stand in the center of the step and be sure
to step off of the escalator at the end of your ride.
When getting off, continue walking away or
walk to the side.
Never block others from getting off.
Always hold children's hands on escalators
and do not permit children to sit or play on the steps.
Do not bring children onto escalators in strollers,
walkers, or carts.
Always face forward and hold the handrail.
Avoid the edges of steps where entrapment
Learn where the emergency shutoff buttons
are in case you need to stop the escalator.
|Article Source - U.S. CPSC
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