When properly maintained, and used as intended, elevators and escalators are some of the safest methods of transportation in existence. But…
Tom Sybert over on his Elevator Radio Show Podcast makes a very good point with a message that really needs to be spread: if you use a type of harness or leash on a small child, do not take your child on an elevator or escalator.
This came up in the wake of the Malaysian tragedy where a small child, playing at the top of an escalator, was pulled over the side and fell five stories to her death. Some articles apparently are using this to encourage parents to harness or leash a small child while in public to prevent this from happening, but this is actually a very bad idea.
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.
Please help spread this important message.
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.