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Escalator Safety

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 related injuries!

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 the rider. 

Preventing Accidents
Here are some steps you can take to help prevent escalator injuries,
especially injuries to young children:
  • Be aware that loose shoe laces, drawstrings, scarves, and mittens can get trapped in escalators.
  • Make sure shoes are tied before getting on an escalator.
  • 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 can occur.
  • Learn where the emergency shutoff buttons are in case you need to stop the escalator.
Article Source - U.S. CPSC
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