Escalator Tips

Escalators can often be found in busy, high traffic areas. Here are some simple tips on how best to use an escalator safely.


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Escalator Tips
Grasp the handle as you step onto the moving step
  • Watch the direction of the moving step and step on and off with extra care.
  • Take care if you are wearing bifocals or similar eyewear.
  • Hold children firmly with one arm or hold child’s free hand.
  • Hold small items firmly in one hand, but always leave one hand available to hold the handrail.
  • Do not travel in the opposite direction to the escalator.
  • Do not take wheelchairs, electric scooters, strollers, hand carts, luggage carts or similar items on the escalator.
  • Keep loose clothing clear of the steps and sides.
  • Wear closed-toed and hard-soled shoes and avoid wearing footwear made of soft-resin or other rubbery materials.
  • Stand clear of the sides of the escalator.
  • Face forward and keep a firm grip on the handrail.
  • Reposition your hand slowly if the handrail moves ahead or behind the steps.
  • Don’t climb onto or ride on the handrail.
  • Do not let children sit on the steps or stand too close to the sides.
  • When exiting escalators, don't hesitate and step off promptly.
  • Make sure to step over the comb fingers; don’t let your feet slide off the end of the escalator.
  • Immediately move clear of the escalator exit area; don't stop to talk or look around as other passengers may be behind you.