Here at D & D Elevator, we are constantly striving to keep the public and the riding personnel included in the need for safety when travelling in elevators and on escalators. We would like to share some of these recommendations with you.
When approaching elevators:
- Know your destination. Push the elevator call button once for the direction you want to go.
- Stand aside for existing passengers.
- If the arriving elevator is full, wait for the next car.
- Don’t try to stop closing doors. Wait for the next elevator.
- Take the stairs if there is a fire or other situation that could lead to a disruption in electrical service.
When entering and exiting elevators:
- Enter and exit carefully.
- Once on board, quickly press the button for your floor, and move to the back of the car to make room for other passengers.
- Hold children and pets firmly.
- Stand clear of the doors – keep clothes and carry-ons away from the opening.
- Push and hold the DOOR OPEN button if doors need to be held open, or ask someone to push the button for you.
- Passengers nearest the doors should move first.
When riding elevators:
- Stand next to the elevator wall.
- If available, hold the handrail.
- Pay attention to the floor indications and be prepared to exit at your destination.
- If the doors do not open when the elevator stops, first push the DOOR OPEN button. If doors still don’t open, ring the ALARM BUTTON, and/or use the telephone or intercom. Wait until qualified people can assist you.
- Watch your step.
- Leave closing doors alone.
- If doors don’t open, ring alarm button and wait.
- Never try to leave a stalled car.
- If there is a fire in the building, use the stairs.
During the month of October, to discuss a special project in the White Plains area, I had the good fortune to visit Delaware Elevator. Delaware Elevator is a manufacturer that supports not only us, but many elevator contractors.
Delaware Elevator is a manufacturer of Residential and Commercial elevator equipment. They have an expert design team that can assist with those specialized design projects. When a specific project needs to be fast tracked and delivery times are of vital importance to the overall project, they go above and beyond to accommodate their customers.
To discuss our most recent project, where they will be providing engineering and Group 1 elevator equipment for 4 new MRL installations, I met with Mariano Escobal, the Chief Engineer and Walt Smakulski, the Plant Manager. As usual they were very accommodating and worked out a plan to deliver the equipment ahead of our already tight schedule.
During this time, they also treated me to a tour of the Plant where we met the CEO and owner Charles “Pete” Meeks. Pete then revealed their new residential package and explained plans for the new Delaware Elevator expansion in 2014.
We then toured the new Delaware Elevator training facilities. This is one of the most impressive training centers I have seen during my 30+ years in the elevator business. This center can accommodate over 75 Technicians at any given time and while I was there I witnessed the newest model MRL system that was being installed right in the middle of the training center. Since both Delaware and D & D Elevator’s participate in the NAEC “CET” Program, we then discussed training partnerships.
Overall a great trip and another learning experience for yours truly.
Here are some tips and “rules” to keep in mind when using escalators. Most are elementary common sense, to be sure, but sometimes we forget…
Escalator and Moving Walk Safety Tips
- When entering escalators and moving walks:
- Watch the direction of the moving steps and enter only when steps are going in the proper direction
- Step on and off with caution. Take extra care if you are wearing bifocals
- Hold children or small packages firmly in one hand
- Grasp the handrail as you step promptly onto the moving step or walkway
- Keep loose clothing clear of steps and sides
- Don’t use an inoperative escalator as a stairway
- Don’t use an escalator to transport freight
- If you are uncomfortable boarding or riding an escalator, use the elevator instead
When riding escalators and moving walks:
- On escalators, stand in center of step and face forward
- On moving walks, stationary passengers should stay to the right and let those walking pass on the left
- Keep feet away from sides
- Keep a steady grip on the handrail.
- Don’t rest your handbag or parcels on the handrail
- Don’t window-shop while riding
- Don’t lean against or over the sides
- Never ride barefoot
- Don’t run
- Never sit on the escalator step or moving walk
- Parents should make sure children ride in a proper manner
When exiting escalators and moving walks:
- Set off promptly
- Don’t hesitate. Immediately move clear of the exit area – don’t stop to talk or look around. Other passengers may be behind you
- Escalator and Moving Walk Rules
- Step on and off carefully
- People only-no strollers or carts on escalators
- Hold the handrail
- Take care of younger children
- Don’t touch the sides below the handrails
- Stand facing forward
- No loose clothing