Escalator Tips

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.

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.

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