Escalators are designed for convenience, and they are usually maintained and inspected on a regular basis. Nonetheless, they have been known to present a safety hazard to children, who can get caught in the moving steps. So while some injuries might be the result of improper maintenance or design flaws, even a well-functioning escalator can still be dangerous to a child if safety rules are not observed.
Venues with escalators are usually busy places with plenty of distractions - just think of the mall, for example. Despite everything that might be happening, remind yourself to focus on your child's safety when riding the escalator. Here are some key rules to follow:
- Adults: Keep one hand on the rails. Parents and guardians should set an example for children to follow. Plus, you gain stability and can more quickly respond to any danger.
- Taller Children: Keep one hand on the rails for balance.
- Smaller Children: Hold on to adult's leg or belt loop. Holding onto a fixed object provides a child the greatest degree of safety.
- There should be no loose objects on the child. Tie shoe laces and make sure that pant legs aren't too long - they can easily get caught in the escalator machinery.
- A child shouldn't carry any objects that could lead to their losing balance.
- Children should stand still. We all know how kids bounce around, but have them standing on one step of the escalator for the whole ride.
- Adults must pay attention to their children. Remember that it only takes a second for tragedy to strike. Be diligent.
- No strollers. Just use the elevator.
- Children should face forward. This will help keep them from being distracted, tripping and getting caught in the escalator.
- Lift off small children from the last step. According to statistics, the last step is one of the most dangerous places on the escalator. Since a small child doesn't yet have the motor skills to get off, you can lift them over the last step and onto safe ground.
Source: 365 Ways to Keep Kids Safe