NEW YORK CITY — The Department of Buildings (DOB) has launched the 8th Annual National Elevator-Escalator Safety Awareness Week in the city.
Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said that as part of the program, the department’s Elevators Unit will teach more than 1,700 first-, second- and third-graders in the five boroughs how to stay safe when using the 62,000 elevators and 2,400 escalators that exist in the city.
“In a vertical city like New York, children use these devices on a daily basis, and safety education is critical to ensuring public safety,” said LiMandri.
Since bringing the national awareness program to the city, the DOB has taught thousands of children how to ride safely.
“Education is the first step in preventing accidents,” said LiMandri. “This wonderful program allows our inspectors to equip young students with the tools they need to stay safe when riding in an elevator or on an escalator. These simple yet important tips can save their lives, and our inspectors should be commended for organizing such an important program. I encourage more schools to participate so more students can understand how to ride safely.”
Tips discussed during the classes include the following:
• Step on and off of elevators/escalators carefully
• Make sure elevators are level with the floor before exiting
• Always face forward when riding on escalators
• Hold onto the escalator’s handrails
• Never touch the sides below the escalator’s handrails
• Keep items like loose clothing, ties, scarves and shoelaces clear of closing elevator doors and the spaces between escalator steps
• Avoid jumping in elevators so the devices do not stall or become uneven with the floor
• Do not use any part of your body to hold the elevator doors open
• Never lean on the elevator doors or attempt to pry them open
• If an elevator gets stuck, remain calm and wait for help.
National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week is organized by the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF), a charitable organization formed in 1991 with the mission of using informational programs to educate the public on the safe and proper use of elevators, escalators and moving walks.