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Ride Safely on Elevators and Escalators


  • Let others exit before you enter an elevator.
  • Enter and exit carefully—watch your step.
  • Hold children’s hands.
  • Make sure your child and stroller are clear of the closing elevator doors.
  • Keep clothing, bags, and other personal items clear of closing doors.
  • Wait for next car if the elevator is full.
  • Avoid using anything to keep an elevator door from closing. That includes hands, feet, and canes.


  • Face forward and hold the handrail.
  • Never sit on escalator steps.
  • Do not lean or sit on escalator rails.
  • Keep packages, purses, and other personal belongings off escalator handrails and steps.
  • Children should hold an adult’s hand, not the handrail at all times.
  • Never run on escalators.
  • Step off when you reach the landing.
  • Keep clothing and shoes away from the sides; laces, sandals, and scarves can get caught.
  • Be especially careful when wearing narrow high heels that can get caught in the grooves.
  • Keep to the right.
  • Don’t bring wheelchairs, strollers, and baby carriages onto escalators.
  • Step on and off, and proceed promptly; don’t block the landing.


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