Escalators : Friend or Foe?

Hey, guys! This should not have been a topic, but after witnessing some Escalator mishaps, I decided to talk about it. We’ve all been there. The first encounter with an escalator. It feels like the soundtrack of the movie “JAWS” , playing in your head as you approach that mobile machine. Some cover up their fears and just hop on it and they get lucky to figure it out instantly while some don’t. Each time I travel or I’m at a mall, I witness either someone almost missing his/her steps, causing a stumble or someone who just decided to take minutes before hopping onto the escalator. Escalators are not as frightening as they may seem. If you have got ESCALOPHOBIA (fear of escalators), just try to reason; if escalators are soooo dangerous, then it would not be a machine that would have stood the test of time. People are hopping on it so easily, so can you. Here’s how:


  1. Like the image above, the escalator moves as a flat surface before emerging into a step. That evolution is possible because of the serrated joints. They are usually marked yellow. So first and foremost, avoid those serrated lines. Rather, step in between the lines, so that when it makes a fold, your legs won’t be displaced by the change.
  2. Make a quick ‘1…2’ count from your first foot step to the second foot step. That way, your legs are close together and sturdy, instead of having your second leg lag behind to cause you to stumble.
  3. The handrail by your right is your friend. Hold it as soon as you step on it. Do not hold it without you stepping.
  4. Don’t be in a hurry. If there is a crowd on the escalator, take the stairs or elevator.
  5. If the escalator is super free from people, you are free to take your time, coordinate your steps and hop in.
  6. When stepping off, extend your leg and make a first step off the stair.
  7. Do not hang around the entrance or exit area, so you don’t cause an accident.
  8. Practice makes perfect. Before you know it, you’d be stepping on and off ┬áit like a pro.

There are safety measures to consider when moving on an escalator;

  1. Keep all long flowing gowns, agbada etc in check, so that your clothes don’t get caught in the machine. Not only will it tear your clothes, it could drag you along, which could be disastrous.
  2. Hold your kids firmly by your side, so that they don’t miss their steps and get hurt. I’ve witnessed this.
  3. You can use any shoe you please but flat shoes are a sure safety bargain.
  4. If you’ve got a baby stroller, wheel chair,large travel bags, just use the elevator.

I hope I’ve helped someone today. Cheers!


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  • Reply
    June 15, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Yeap… you really did help someone

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      June 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Glad I did, Ipalibo.

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    June 24, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Hmm, my dear. elevators are best for buggies. I remember at the train station my buggy with my baby were upside down. I almost fell, had to shout for help no formings. Since then if the stations dont have elevators, i carry the baby in my hands and ask someone to help with the buggy. I no want story

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      June 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Lol. Yes, elevators are a lot better when it comes to carrying infants in buggies or travel system strollers

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