Escalators are a convenient and quick way to move from one floor to another. Safety, however, while riding an escalator is not always promised. Every year, thousands of people are rushed to the hospital due to escalator related injuries. Luckily, there are a few dangers you can avoid and a few ways to prevent escalator related injuries.
An escalator may not seem that dangerous, but one slip is all it takes to send you straight to the hospital. Other escalator related dangers are:
- Getting caught – If you aren’t careful, your clothing, and your body parts can get caught in the escalator. Young children are more prone to getting caught in the escalator because they have smaller limbs.
- Malfunction – Every once in a while, an escalator can malfunction. Speeding up, and going in the opposite direction are the most common elevator malfunctions.
- Germs – The hardest to see and most undetectable danger of escalators are the germs they carry. Escalators are essentially a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and other diseases.
How To Keep Yourself Safe
There are all sorts of tips and tricks to keeping yourself safe while using escalators. Some of the most common ones are:
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. The more aware you are of your surroundings, the less likely you are to have an accident.
- Hold small children close to you. Children have a tendency to wander.
- Stand in the center of the step, not on the edge. Standing in the middle provides an equal distribution of your weight on the machinery.
- Never ride barefoot. Your feet and toes could possibly get caught in the escalator.
- Don’t hesitate when stepping off. Hesitation can also cause you to get caught in the escalator.