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Elevators installed with more than 4 inches of “gap space” between the hoistway doors and the elevator car doors can pose a serious safety risk. Children may become entrapped in the space and could be seriously injured or killed. This risk can be reduced with the proper installation of space guards at each floor.

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3 Elevator Safety Tips For Children

Teach your children safety tips when they ride in an elevator.

Traveling with children can be a difficult task especially if they are highly energetic and rambunctious.  When traveling in an elevator with children, it is essential that you teach them proper elevator etiquette.  The last thing you want is for them to get hurt while entering or exiting an elevator car.  Luckily, there are few simple safety tips every child should follow when using an elevator.

Go Over Scenarios

When it comes to keeping your child safe in an elevator, it is important that you have told them what to do in the case of an emergency.  It can be scary for anyone when an elevator abruptly stops in between floors, especially a child. You need to teach them that if that scenario occurs that they push the alarm or help button immediately.  Try to keep them as calm as possible and make sure that they take deep breaths and wait calmly for a professional to open the doors.

Set An Example

One of the best things you can do to keep your child safe on an elevator is to set a good example while riding.  Children look up to adults for guidance and advice, so they will follow your lead when traveling in an elevator. Make sure that you hold an elevator door open for others by pushing the “open door” button.  You should never stick your arm or leg in between the doors to prevent them from closing.

Keep Hands And Feet Inside

It is essential that children do not stick their hands or feet in between the doors to prevent them from closing.  If an elevator happens to open halfway on a floor, make sure your child doesn’t try to pry the door open, which could cause an injury.  When entering an elevator with several people, it is best for the children to move to the back of the elevator away from the doors.


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