Strollers, wheel chairs and walking aides: In addition, if a child is in a stroller or elderly person is using a walker or similar aide, it’s best to use the elevator as these items create a potential for a rider to lose balance and injure themselves or others. Instead, head to the elevators if you’re traveling with wheels or even if you’re carrying something and can’t hold the handrail.
There are thousands of escalators in the U.A.E that transport billions of passengers per year. We rely on these machines every day to get us from place to place, which unfortunately makes many of us take them for granted. At Atlas Elevators, passenger safety is our number one concern, however, not even scheduled maintenance and best practices can prevent injuries caused by equipment misuse.
As the holiday season approaches, escalators will see a surge in traffic as people flock to malls and department stores for holiday season shopping and end of season sales, as well as the millions that will head to airports. Escalators enable large amounts of people to move from place to place quickly. It’s important to remember that these machines require you to be attentive while riding, and avoid situations that put you and other riders at risk.
To raise awareness of potential safety risks, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), the elevator and escalator code authority of Ontario, Canada, has produced a set of public safety videos demonstrating activities that increase the risk of injury on an escalator. We find these videos a good reminder, and warning, of the increased dangers of equipment misuse during the holiday shopping madness.
Children can often mistake an escalator as a fun ride and easily put themselves in harm’s way. Parents need to keep a watchful eye on children on an escalator. Something as innocuous as a dropped toy can result in an injury if a child were to reach down to the comb plate.
Well, actually it’s called ‘National Talk in an Elevator Day’
We just recently found out that this day existed 😉 The one day a year where you have a built-in excuse to engage in some friendly conversation with your fellow elevator riders. The last Friday of July every year marks “National Talk in an Elevator Day,” and the sky is the limit to break the ice in your routinely silent vertical commute.
We here at Atlas Elevators want to lead the way in the spirit of this day, just so you don’t miss out on it next year, here are some tips taken from our elevator experiences on how to make the most out of this national holiday:
You can start by mentioning that it’s “National Talk in an Elevator Day, or that there is a National Day for elevator talk 😉
Keep it simple: Don’t feel like you need to answer life’s big questions on the way up to the office. A comment on the weather or the fact that today is Friday works just fine to alleviate a completely silent elevator ride.
Hold the door and say hello: Use the hold door button, not your arm, to let in that person that’s broken into a half jog in the lobby. Even our elevators are eager to get going, but it’s a nice gesture to someone you’ll likely have to see again.
Stay positive: You’re tired, it’s been a long week and you don’t want to be disturbed during your elevator ride. Well, there’s no better pick-me up than putting on a positive face for others. If you recognize someone in the elevator you don’t normally talk to, don’t let this perfect day to start a conversation pass you by. Let them know it’s a holiday and ask how they’re doing.
Too often the elevator is an awkward experience despite its everyday use for many people. Take some time to acknowledge the people around you, not just today but every day. Provide some positive conversation and support!