Need for public education on handling emergencies

The recent incident in Hong Kong involving a long escalator suddenly moving in the reverse direction is a stark reminder that one cannot take the safety of public facilities for granted (HK mall accident sparks debate on safety of long escalators; March 30).

While measures such as improving safety checks can reduce such occurrences, it will be better to have more public awareness of the right actions to take in case such accidents happen in Singapore.

Should one hold on tightly to the handrails, squat down immediately, or try to turn around in the event that an escalator suddenly reverses direction?

Is it true that we should press all the lift buttons when a lift suddenly descends at high speed?

To prepare for such emergencies, guidance on safety procedures should be included in talks, websites and newspapers.

Lim Xiang Hua (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2017, with the headline 'Need for public education on handling emergencies'. Print Edition | Subscribe