Escalators are tremendous. They are a time saving and convenient way to get around but they can also be dangerous if not used correctly.
Our transport network is supported by many stations that use escalators. They are useful tools and help us all move around as efficiently as possible.
But like any piece of machinery, if not used properly, they can be dangerous.
Of course, most of us manage to use escalators safely everyday. Transperth escalators however, are a little different. For starters, they carry lots of people at once, especially during peak hour. And to help move the high number of users, they are also a bit faster than other escalators.
These differences make it important to take extra care when using Transperth escalators to avoid getting hurt.
Below are some tips to help you reach your destination safely.
Escalate your attention
When using escalators, pay attention to your surroundings, not your mobile, and be considerate of other escalator users. Safety is everybody’s responsibility.
Finish the ride, step aside
When you get to the top or bottom of the escalator, step off and move away from the escalator promptly. Make sure you don’t stand in the stripy yellow Keep Clear area marked on the ground.
Never fail to hold the rail
Please hold onto the black handrail but keep your body away from the sides of the escalator. Be sure to maintain three points of contact at all times; you won’t slip when you grip that black strip!
Can’t escalate, elevate
If you are feeling unsteady on your feet, have issues with depth perception or are carrying bags, consider using the lifts instead.
Wheelchairs, bicycles, prams and other wheeled vehicles must use the lifts. If you are not sure where the lifts are, ask a staff member for help.
Step on and stop
Don’t walk or run. Let the escalator do the moving for you or use the stairs instead. You can’t walk naturally on escalators because the steps are too high. And nobody wants to walk unnaturally.
Keep your kit on
Be careful with your clothing. Long, flowing and loose garments can get caught in escalators, as can thongs and open-toed footwear.