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Escalator Safety Tips - Elevator and Escalator Safety

Escalators provide safe and convenient access in our rapid moving society, but it is important to remember that they are unattended machines without conscience. Every effort is made by the State of Maryland to ensure their safe operation and YOU too can take part by heeding these few simple rules.

USE care when stepping on and off

ATTEND small children at all times

HOLD the handrail

NO bare feet and avoid wearing floppy sandals and open-toe shoes

DO NOT run up or down the steps


NO carts or strollers

TIE all shoelaces

Maryland's Safety Record

  • Escalators are certainly a convenience, but used improperly they can be hazardous, causing unnecessary injuries.
  • Even with a stringent elevator/escalator safety inspection program, Maryland is not without accidents. Although our accident rate is low; accidents do happen. Some accidents cause serious injury - even death.

How You Can Help

If you see an escalator that does not appear safe, or one on which an accident has occurred, call the Elevator/Escalator Safety Inspection Unit of the Division of Labor and Industry at (410) 767-2990.

For additional information, contact:
Division of Labor and Industry
Elevator and Escalator Safety

10946 Golden West Drive, Suite 160
Hunt Valley, MD 21031.
Fax: 410-333-7721

Emergency telephone number: 410-767-2350