British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

November 29, 2010 11:33 ET

BC Safety Authority: Have You Taught Your Children Escalator Safety?

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2010) - Each year people of all ages are hurt while using elevators and escalators -- but most of these incidents can be avoided. Sometimes children think escalators look playful and this is why, each November, the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) sponsors a program called Safe-T Rider to promote elevator and escalator safety awareness in schools.

According to BCSA Safety Manager, Janice Lee, "teaching children about elevator and escalator safety becomes an even higher priority around this time of year as people enter malls to begin their holiday shopping. In an attempt to prevent serious accidents, we provide teachers with information so they can pass some safety tips along to kids. This is just step one. Step two is for parents to follow up and encourage youngsters to ride moving walkways, elevators and escalators safely."

So far this year there have been more than 22 reports of incidents related to escalators. Last year there were 33 reported incidents, some involving children and most due to rider error.

"These machines are a form of transportation, not toys," says Lee. "Giving kids safety information at a young age can prevent hazardous situations – it is the same as learning respect for other powerful mechanical devices such as cars or trucks. It is so important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe while riding elevators and escalators."

How can you get started with teaching your kids to be safe riders? Visit the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation of Canada's website and try their interactive kid's program at: http://www.safetrider.org/

The BC Safety Authority offers these tips for riding elevators and escalators safely:

  • Hold children or packages with one hand and always hold onto the escalator handrails firmly with the other hand.
  • Use extra care when getting on and off an escalator and clear the exit area promptly.
  • Take the elevator (not an escalator) if you use a cane or walker, if you have a child in a stroller, or if you have both hands full of packages.
  • When riding the elevator, don't try to stop a closing door with hands, feet, packages or anything other than the "door open" button.

For more information about elevator escalator safety visit: http://www.eesf.org/education/public.html

The British Columbia Safety Authority keeps people safe by mandating the safe installation and use of technical equipment. As the province's delegated authority, BCSA administers safety standards and enforces compliance. It also issues permits and licences, educates, and conducts onsite inspections in high-risk situations.

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