Practical Tips to Teach Kids How to Ride Safely on Escalators and Elevators

kids-ride-safe-braun-thyssenkrupp-elevatorsBy Sasha Bailey

Now the time has come to plan summer vacations, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, would like to share tips for kids (and their parents) to follow to keep safe on elevators, escalators and moving walks.

Escalators & Moving Walks

  1. Always check to make sure shoelaces are tied tightly before boarding.
  2. Always stand and face forward when riding (never sit down).
  3. Always hold an adult’s hand and the handrail.
  4. Always grab the handrail when you step on and keep holding it until you step off.
  5. Always keep your hands, feet and clothing away from the sides.
  6. Always move away from the end of an escalator/moving walk quickly so others can get off safely.
  7. Never walk or run.
  8. Never let your feet slide off the end.
  9. Never try to ride the wrong direction.


  1. Always let others exit before boarding.
  2. Always enter and exit quickly.
  3. Always push the “door open” button if people need to enter after you.
  4. Always watch your step when entering or exiting – it might not be completely level with the floor.
  5. Always use the alarm or help button; telephone or intercom in case of emergency.
  6. Always wait for help to arrive if you are stuck.
  7. Never attempt to stop closing doors with your hands, feet or body.
  8. Never use in case of a fire – take the stairs.
  9. Never try and climb out of a stalled elevator or try to pry open the doors.

“There is no doubt children will use elevators, escalators and moving walks when traveling in airports, transit stations, shopping malls and hotels this summer,” said Rich Hussey, President and CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevators Americas. “To keep safety top of mind, we developed the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Safety Ambassador program encouraging our youngest riders to help spread the word about elevator, escalator and moving walk safety. We also partner with the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) to reach children through local elementary schools and teachers. ”

ThyssenKrupp Elevator launched its Safety Ambassador program in November 2013. Each Ambassador receives a backpack with assorted child-friendly items that promote safety to share with their friends.  The program, which has approximately 200 ambassadors, empowers children to promote safety to their peers.

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator Cabs Validated by UL Environment


Alpharetta,GA (September 30,2011) – ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas today announced that UL Environment has validated the environmental claims for low volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting material in its standard elevator cab line per California’s Section 01350. A strict audit was performed to test the indoor air quality of the cabs. The conclusive and independent third-party validation process is another step toward a green product line which already includes standard added urea-formaldehyde-free wood products, Microban® antimicrobial protected pushbuttons and powder coating in lieu of traditional solvent-based paint.

“As the first manufacturer in our industry to work with UL Environment on this type of initiative, we are proud to receive an official validation of the emissions within our standard elevator cabs,” said Brad Nemeth, director of sustainability for ThyssenKrupp Elevators Americas. “Our company has taken a significant step towards evaluating and reducing the impact of our building materials on the indoor air quality of our standard elevator cabs. We hope this validation becomes a major driving force behind the entire industry creating more environmentally friendly products and overall healthier buildings.”

For more than a century, UL has helped manufacturers bolster consumer confidence in selecting better products. The Environmental Claims Validation (ECV) service launched through UL Environment builds another layer of trust for these types of product claims. Under the ECV service guidelines, each validated environmental claim is periodically reassessed to ensure consistent performance characteristics and continued compliance with the applicable standard.

“UL Environment congratulates ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas for helping to create higher quality indoor air environments,” said Stephen H. Wenc, president of UL Environment. “By completing the program, they are demonstrating a further level of commitment to transparency, which helps architects, designers and engineers identify products that deliver on their environmental health claims.”

The claim for ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas was validated using the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers Version 1.1, Feb 2010, commonly referred to as CA Section 01350. CA 01350 is a Special Environmental Requirements standard specification developed by the State of California to cover key environmental performance issues related to the selection and handling of building materials. The key elements affecting indoor air quality are in the specification for screening building materials based on the following: emissions testing protocol, hazardous content screening, and avoiding mold and mildew from construction practices.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas is working hard to embed sustainability within the core operations and culture of the company. In addition to the validation, ThyssenKrupp Elevator has standardized the use of particleboard with no added urea-formaldehyde to comply with IEQ credit 4.4 and has moved to a powder-coat line for all interior coatings. The validation also helps this elevator model qualify for innovation credits referencing pilot credit 43, through the LEED program. The company continues to be a leading industry advocate for helping building owners, facility managers, elevator consultants and architects reduce the total impact of their built environment.

About ThyssenKrupp Elevators America

The ThyssenKrupp Group, based in Essen, Germany, is a global materials and technology company which consists of eight business areas.  In fiscal 2009/2010 the company had annual sales of €42.6 billion ($58.3 billion) and employed over 177,000.

Globally, ThyssenKrupp Group’s activities in passenger transportation systems employ 44,000 persons in 900 locations. With sales of almost 5.2 billion euros ($7.1 billion) in fiscal year 2009/2010, ThyssenKrupp Elevator is one of the world’s leading elevator companies.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas is the largest producer of elevators in the Americas, with more than 13,500 employees, more than 200 branch and service locations, and sales of more than $2.7 billion. ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas oversees all business for the operations in the United States, Canada, Central and South America. It is a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG.

ThyssenKrupp USA, Inc. and its subsidiaries account for approximately 17,500 employees and annual sales of $6.7 billion in fiscal year 2009/2010. Through its predecessor companies, ThyssenKrupp has been part of the U.S. business landscape for more than 170 years.

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