Because of the continuous motion and the motor that powers it, the escalator can be quite dangerous. Serious injuries can result if you get caught in the mechanism, and they can be especially dangerous for small children who do not realize the need to keep clear of the machine's lip. You can help prevent injury to yourself when using an escalator and others by following a few simple guidelines:
1) Pay attention to your shoes: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the great majority of escalator riding accidents occurred when the shoe becomes entrapped-particularly soft- sided shoes like clogs and slides. This might be enough to make you want to wear a sturdy pair of shoes when shopping! But even if you wear tennis shoes, make sure that they're well tied without any dangling lace ends before you get on the escalator. And since kids are known for untied laces, check your childrens' shoes as well before beginning your ride.
2) Avoid the escalator's sides: Where the moving step of the escalator meets the side rail is where escalator entrapment often occurs. So, make sure that you and your children stay away from the sides of the escalator and towards the center of the step. To stay in the center of the step, you may want your child to ride in front of you on the escalator rather than next to you, which would put them closer to the side.
3) Don't allow children to play or sit on the escalator: Teach your children that escalators may seem fun and exciting, but they also need to be ridden with care. Sitting and playing on escalators should not be allowed. Teach them also how to safely exit the escalator by safely stepping off the escalator's landing.
4) Know where the emergency shut off is located: All escalators have an emergency shut off button. The next time you ride an escalator, make sure you look to see where this button is located should entrapment ever occur when you're around.
Escalators can be especially dangerous for children, because they may not be able to fully appreciate the potential dangers of the machine. If you're riding with children, make sure that they understand to be careful. Hold their hand if they have a tendency to fidget or engage in horseplay.
If you are injured in an escalator, it could be due to a design flaw or a malfunction due to negligence on the part of the management. You may want to consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you and help you get the compensation you deserve.