Dangers of Escalator Personal Injuries to Children – Importance of Supervision and Safe Shoes


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that about 10,000 people per year go the emergency room from escalator-related injuries; 20% of these injuries involve trapped feet, hands or shoes. In 1997, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics a group of physicians reported, “Young age, inadequate adult supervision, improper activity while riding on the escalator, and escalator-related mechanical problems all increase the risk of injury.”

The CPSC offered these safety tips to people who wish to continue to use escalators:

1. Make sure a child’s clothing is not loose or dangling. Shoelaces, drawstrings, scarves and mittens can become easily entrapped by an escalator.

2. Always hold your child’s hand.

3. Children should not be allowed to play on the steps of an escalator.

4. If you are carrying your child in a walker, stroller, or cart, use an elevator.

5. A parent, caretaker or babysitter should always face forward and hold the handrail. If you fall, you place your child at a higher level of risk for sustaining escalator-related injuries.

6. Avoid the edges of the escalator’s steps; this is where entrapment occurs.

7. Always pay attention and be alert while on an escalator with your children. Know where the emergency shut off is.

Parents should always supervise their children as well as prohibit their children from running or playing while riding an escalator. Parents should model the appropriate way to ride an escalator and inform their children of basic safety measures. To read more about this topic is Escalator safety tips.