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Dubai Municipality highlights escalator safety

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, has released a circular requiring building management and owners to make escalators safe for children

New Dubai Municipality circular addresses safety of escalators for children.
New Dubai Municipality circular addresses safety of escalators for children.

Dubai Municipality has released a circular requiring building management and owners to make escalators safe for children.

Issued by Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, the circular calls for buildings, shopping malls, and markets to meet safety requirements and provide adequate safety measures to ensure public safety and not put children’s lives at risk.

Khalid Mohammed Sharif, assistant director general for the Municipality’s Environment, Health, and Safety Sector, noted that an example of a safety measure that has to be implemented is the installation of a cover on the upper conveyor belt of escalators.

He explained that doing so could prevent children from clinging on to the escalators or climbing the conveyor belts, thereby reducing the risk of them getting their clothes stuck.

The circular also states that all elevators, escalators, and moving passageways must have a certificate of examination and compliance with safety requirements from a company accredited by the Emirates International Accreditation Center.

Sharif said that he is appealing to all those responsible for buildings, shopping centres, and markets to report any violations and to adhere to the circular, in order to ensure the safety of the community.

The circular was issued according to Local Order No 11 of 2003 and its executive regulation.

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