British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

November 17, 2008 09:00 ET

British Columbia Safety Authority: Riding Safely on Elevators and Escalators

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2008) - Elevators and escalators play such a normal role in our everyday lives that we forget there are proper ways to use them.

The BC Safety Authority is reminding everyone to be careful when using elevators and escalators as it observes Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness during the month of November.

"Elevators and escalators are safe devices but users, young and old alike, should be mindful that there are moving parts and that there's a proper way of using them," said Janice Lee who is the Provincial Elevating Safety Manager for the BC Safety Authority.

"Often, we have incidents where a child's clothing, usually a shoe, gets stuck in an escalator. Or they may trip," added Lee.

In 2007, there were 37 confirmed incidents involving elevators and escalators. Twenty-six of these incidents were people-related factors such as falling or tripping when riding elevating devices.

Lee also noted a growing concern about elderly people getting injured while using escalators. "Unfortunately, some of them may not be as agile as they used to be and this puts them at risk, which is why we advise seniors to take extra precaution or use the elevators instead."

As for those rushing to get into an elevator and prying the doors open with their hands, Lee warned, "You could get hurt because elevators weren't designed to be opened that way."

The Awareness Week focuses on the industry's public safety programs promoting the proper use of elevators, escalators and moving walks.

Here are a few tips for everyone when using these devices:

Escalator Safety Tips

- Step on and off quickly and carefully.

- Hold the handrail.

- Always stand and face forward. Never sit on the steps.

- Keep hands and feet clear of moving parts.

- Keep loose clothing and shoelaces clear of moving parts.

- Hold the hand of young children.
- People only. No strollers, carts or large packages.

Elevator Safety Tips

- Watch your step when entering or leaving the elevator.

- If the elevator stops and doors don't open, push the alarm button and wait for help.

- Don't stop the elevator's closing doors with your hands.

- In case of fire, use stairs.

Would you like more safety tips that you can download, print and share with your friends and family? Then go to www.safetyauthority.ca and follow this path: Safety Information - Public Safety Tips - BCSA 10 Safety Tips.

The BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization that inspires safety excellence in British Columbia by partnering with business, industry and the general public to enhance the safety of technical systems, products, equipment and work.

For more information, contact the Safety Authority toll free at 1.866.566.7233.

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