Starting Sunday it's Canada's National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week. The experts at Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) want to remind the public they have a role when it comes to riding escalators safely.
Millions of Canadians use escalators each day in Canada. While there are few incidents those that do often are due to the behaviour of the rider.
Generally escalators are safe but falls, entrapment in the mechanics by clothing, footwear or luggage and the use of strollers, canes, walkers or wheelchairs can be factors when injuries do occur.
TSSA says to follow certain steps for a safe ride:
* Hold the handrail.
* Stand in the middle and face forward.
* Keep feet, loose clothing and shoe laces away from grooves and sides.
* Attend to children and hold their hands.
* Keep packages/handbags at a minimum and away from handrails.
* Use an elevator, where available, when traveling with a stroller, cane, walker or wheelchair.
In Toronto there will be escalator safety awareness campaigns at the transit system, major shopping centres and office buildings during the week put on by TSSA.