After reading the manual, most of us have taken the escalator the wrong way

Do not walk on the escalator, because you are only making people slow down, not faster!

Do not walk on the escalator, because you are only making people slow down, not faster!

According to a recent CBC report, people who walk on escalators are contributing to their failure. Escalator Otis Elevator Company even said that walking on an escalator is extremely dangerous. But we are not talking about that here. The content of this article will focus on an incredible new revelation from Otis.

Specifically, Otis recommends that people taking the escalator should not crowded but stand in the middle of the ladder, hands on handrails to ensure maximum safety.

A representative of the company confirmed that Otis warned users not to walk on the escalator. Instead, every time they use the ladder, they should " step up, grab hold of the handrails and focus their vigilance". The company also posted 22 safety recommendations on its website, you can see here. Among these tips, there is a paragraph " standing at the center of the ladder and facing forward", but does not mention having to hold hands.

It seems that taking the escalator is not an easy task. To make it easier to visualize, here's an illustration of how to take a standard escalator according to Otis:

Picture 1 of After reading the manual, most of us have taken the escalator the wrong way

Some recommendations posted by Otis on the website include:

  • Do not walk on a stopped escalator;
  • Do not lean to either side;
  • Do not use walking sticks or walking sticks;
  • Do not sit on ladders;
  • Be especially careful if you wear bifocals;
  • Hold the baby tightly in one hand;
  • Do not put loose clothing near the steps or on the sides of the ladder;
  • Don't joke around at the top or bottom of the ladder as if it were your living room!

According to a CBC study, walking on an escalator is likely to cause you an accident: in the US, about 10,000 people are injured by the escalator each year. And a study in Tokyo confirmed that walking on an escalator is responsible for a fair number of escalator accidents.

Obviously, in fact, walking on a regular escalator is not particularly dangerous as the data points out - it's simply pointless. But imagine, an escalator is likely to fail - so badly it can be lethal - and when that happens, all the paranoid safety warnings mentioned above become extremely reasonable!

Life is a series of actions to assess the level of risk, and the chances of you being unlucky in a gaping escalator are quite low. But there have been some who fall into that, and if you run every day on a slow escalator, you're no different than buying a lottery ticket to increase your chances of winning that "jackpot". . You may not need to hold on tight to the handrails, but at least be careful every step?

  • Where is the escalator's "emergency stop" button?
  • Standing still will cause people to move faster than escalating the escalator