The Consumer Affairs Agency is urging people not to walk on moving escalators and observe "escalator etiquette," as the number of injuries continues to increase.
According to the agency, between 2011 and 2013, a total of 3,865 people had to be taken to hospitals in Tokyo to be treated for injuries sustained while on escalators, Fuji TV reported Thursday. The Tokyo Fire Department said that of the total, 60% were aged 65 or older.
Since June, the Consumer Affairs Agency has been running a public safety campaign throughout the Tokyo metropolitan area urging people to be careful while on escalators.
The campaign asks people not to walk on moving escalators past people in front of them because they can sometimes get tangled up in umbrellas, handbag straps and so on. Escalator users are also advised to hold onto the hand rail at all times. The campaign also cautions people not to look at mobile devices for too long. A number of accidents have been reported in which people, engrossed in their mobile devices, either lost their footing at the bottom of an escalator or bumped into others, causing them to fall like dominoes.© Japan Today