Move With The Grooves: All the Ups and Downs of Elevating safety

    TORONTO, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - They are everywhere - in shopping centres,
office buildings, airports and subway stations - even casinos. Elevators and
escalators are used by millions of people each day and during the second week
of November, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is
participating in the National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week to
spread the word about safety on these people-moving devices.
    Escalators and elevators remain one of the safest modes of mechanized
transportation. Even with the best safety equipment, proper maintenance by
industry, and the regulatory services of TSSA, injuries can happen if they are
used improperly. That is why TSSA, alongside industry members, is encouraging
riders of all ages to pay close attention and be safe when using these
    In Ontario, the majority of escalator incidents reported to TSSA were
attributed to user behaviour, many of which involved: falls, resulting from
the rider losing balance; entrapment in the mechanics of escalators caused by
clothing, footwear or suitcases; and use of mobility devices or strollers.

    Here are some friendly tips to help you Move with the Grooves:

    -   Remember to step on and off with care.
    -   Keep a good grip on the handrail.
    -   Always stand and face forward.
    -   Pay close attention to small children and hold their hands as well as
        the handrail.
    -   Keep packages/handbags at a minimum and away from the handrails.
    -   Keep feet, loose clothing and shoe laces clear of steps and sides.
    -   Use an elevator, where available, when travelling with a mobility
        device or stroller.
    -   Know where the emergency stop buttons are located. Check where they
        are the next time you ride.

    An elevator has its ups-and-downs too. Though possessing an outstanding
safety record, similar to escalators, elevators have rider rules as well.
    Watch your step. Elevator floors are not always level. Levelling will
change depending on the age of the elevator and its varying speeds. If the
level is beyond an inch and a half, alert the building owner or representative
and TSSA.
    Use the button. If you want to hold the door open, never stick your hand
in the door. The outer doors are there to protect you from two inner doors,
not to detect your hand, arm, leg or head.
    Pay heed to the maximum number of passengers and weight restrictions
posted in the elevator car. They exist for a very valid reason - the safety of
all within.
    In the event of a fire, use the stairs and follow building emergency
procedures. Though modern elevating equipment is made of fire-resistant
materials, elevators should not be used unless under the direct supervision of
professional fire fighters.
    If you spot an elevator not working properly, alert the building owner or
representative immediately. Elevator emergency numbers are posted in the
lobby. Look out for: damage, such as broken buttons, broken light fixtures,
and torn rubber edges on doors; missed floors or stops; and stops above or
below the landing, creating a tripping hazard.
    "Elevators and escalators are moving machinery and should be treated with
respect," says Roland Hadaller, Director of Elevating and Amusement Devices
Safety Program. "While a tremendous amount of care goes into the design and
operation of elevating devices, riders must take certain precautions. Safety
is up to you, too."
    During National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week, watch for
TSSA's Move with the Grooves safety awareness campaign. Learn the
ups-and-downs of elevating safety, and keep your best (safety) foot forward.
    For these and other important public safety tips, visit For more information about TSSA, visit or call
toll-free: 1-877-682-8772.

    About TSSA

    TSSA is an innovative, self-funded, non-government organization focused
on delivering public safety services. It provides not-for-profit regulatory
safety services in industry sectors such fuels, amusement devices, elevating
devices, boilers and pressure vessels, operating engineers, and upholstered
and stuffed articles. The organization's vision is to be the world leader in
public safety services.

For further information:

For further information: Bernadette Celis, Communications Advisor,
Public Education, Telephone: 1-877-682-8772; Email:

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