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Escalator Safety Tips & Rules

By: D&D Elevator

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


Elevator Safety Tips & Rules

By: D&D Elevator

Here are some tips and “rules” to keep in mind when using elevators. Most are elementary common sense, to be sure, but sometimes we forget…

When approaching elevators:

  • Know your destination.  Push the elevator call button once for the direction you want to go
  • Look or listen for the signal announcing your car’s arrival
  • 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
  • Hold the handrail, if available
  • 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.

Elevator Rules:

  • 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