Scary: Baby Tumbles Down An Escalator But Is Rescued In The Nick Of Time By Soldier
January 23, 2019 18:28 By Mambee
Technology is wonderful, but when we fail to learn and apply safety procedures when using it, disaster is around the corner.
You may be used to escalators and not realize how quickly they can morph into danger zones. However, this article will open your eyes to that.
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Facts about escalator-related accidents
In 2006, a retrospective study was carried out in the United States found that about 26,000 children aged 0-19 had experienced escalator-related accidents between 1990 and 2002.
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Further inquiry into the matter revealed that those most susceptible to such accidents are children below the age of 5. 51% of injuries sustained were from falling, while entrapment caused 36.5%.
These figures tell us that accidents are likely to happen in a matter of seconds, like it did in China.
The disturbing escalator ride
A rather disturbing video of a nine-month-old baby at a shopping mall in Wuxi, east China, has surfaced.
The video, which was captured by surveillance cameras, shows how the quick reflexes of a passer-by averted danger.
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Viewers can see the baby in the footage, in a pink walker, wandering out of a restaurant to the ‘up’ escalator. Obviously intrigued by the moving stairs, the baby stepped on it but soon fell and tumbled down.
Luckily, a soldier named Wang Zihao had just stepped off the ‘down’ escalator. His attention was called by the noise of the baby’s plastic walker hitting the metal and rushed up to catch the infant.
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Interestingly, the 22-year-old had been on his first day off in 3 years. Talk about fate!
Speaking on his heroics, he said to China Central Television:
“My first reaction was to save the baby, so I rushed up immediately and picked it up from the escalator.”
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It is unclear where the child’s guardian or parents were when the baby went off on its own, but the mother expressed her gratitude, noting that Wang was a ‘good man.’
It is believed that the baby suffered no injuries.
How to protect your child from escalator-related accidents
Considering how prevalent this type of accident is, it is best to be armed with knowledge on how to prevent it.
1. Children younger than three should be carried, and those older may be allowed to stand on their own but held by the hand;
2. Users should not stand too close to the sides of the escalator in order to avoid clothing or shoelaces getting caught up;
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3. Adults should avoid distractions like cell phones when using the escalator;
4. Strollers should not be used on escalators;
5. Do not linger at the landing area to avoid obstruction;
6. In the case of an accident, press the emergency stop button and call for help.
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We are glad nothing happened to that precious baby as it could have been an entirely different story.
However, proper information always helps in avoiding disaster. Let us all endeavour to adhere to safety procedures.