Most of us would not even contemplate getting injured while riding an escalator a remote possibility but it can happen if a person do not be aware of their surroundings or if a person misbehave himself while on the escalator. We can easily blame the management for not having the safest escalator in the world but if it is our own actions that contributed to the occurrence of the accidents, then we should be responsible for the accident. Therefore it is always important to have an extra bit of caution when you are on the escalator to prevent any mishaps.
Putting your fingers or your bare toes against the escalator floor plates is one of those stupidest things that humans have done. The quick movement of the escalator will easily pull your fingers or toes in between two of their plates and then leave you screaming in pain after severing your fingers or toes. Always keep your body at least 5 cm away from the edge of the escalator which is moving so that there is no chance that we get caught by the escalator.
Try not to wear clothing that flow onto the floor. Long scarf or dresses that touches the ground are a hazard while riding the escalator. The material can be easily clipped by the escalator while it turns and will drag you in. This can cause serious injuries if the clothing cannot be taken off immediately. There are many cases of children or women whom have their hands or feet caught by the escalator due to their clothing being entangled by the escalator. Be mindful of yourself and watch the small children as their clothes are often nearer to the ground than adults.
Similar to an automobile, you should not be drinking alcohol before riding an escalator. It sounds funny but you have a higher tendency to fall down an escalator when you are inebriated and so having alcohol in your system is seldom a good idea. And sitting down on an escalator is definitely not a good idea if you are thinking of keeping your weight low to the ground as your clothes will likely get caught in the escalator.
Escalator Safety Tips
If you have a young child or are with an elderly adult who has trouble walking, you may want to consider taking the elevator. If you do decide to use an escalator, keep the following safety tips in mind:
The first step can make or break the trip. Provide verbal and physical guidance so everyone gets on the escalator safely.
Hold your child's hand while riding. This way you can be aware of what her or she is doing at all times on the escalator.
Check for objects or loose-fitting clothes like a shoelace that could get caught and present a potential threat.
Assist and supervise others on the step off the escalator.
Common escalator injuries include entrapment or serious blunt force trauma from tripping. These injuries can be life-altering. Always use proper care and lead by example when using an escalator.