Posted: Jul 06, 2012 Expiration: Sep 03, 2012

Summer escalator safety

Flip, Don't Flop


Summer is the season of open-toed footwear.  It's no wonder that more escalator injuries happen during the summer months than other times of the year.  We want to make your travel experience as safe as possible, so please take a moment to review these summertime escalator safety tips.

  • Stand facing forward and hold handrail.
  • Never run on an escalator.
  • Hold children by the hand. Don't allow children to sit or play on the escalator.
  • If your child is in a stroller, do not use an escalator. Use the elevator instead.
  • Hold on to the handrail to keep your balance. Never ride on the handrail.
  • Stand upright. Don't lean on the side of the escalator or sit on the stairs.
  • Stay clear of moving parts. Keep your hands, feet, and clothing clear of the side panels of the escalator. Make sure you have no dangling clothing or loose shoelaces that could become caught in moving parts of the escalator.
  • Pick up your feet and step carefully on or off the escalator.
  • Exit promptly from the escalator. Never stop, stand or play at an escalator landing as this can cause a dangerous pileup.
  • On Metrorail, it is customary for riders to stand to the right while using escalators.


A special note about flip-flops, Crocs™ and similar footwear

Comb Plate

Flip-flops, Crocs™ and other soft, rubbery footwear can actually sink into the escalator step as you're riding it. This creates a greater potential for your footwear to go under the comb plate (the yellow teeth at the top and bottom of the escalator).  Don't let this happen to you.  If you choose to wear rubbery footwear, be sure to take extra care to step over the comb plate as you get on and off the escalator.


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