Many buildings in the New York City metro area have escalators so that people can go up one or a few levels when shopping or visiting different offices. Escalators allow for the movement of more people than an elevator, and they are not enclosed. In order to ensure guest safety, a routine NYC escalator inspection should be scheduled every year or at the recommended time from the building inspection department.

Test of the Motor and Regulator

The inspector will test the motor and regulator for the escalator. These are the parts that control the movement of the escalator’s steps and hand rails. If the two are out of sync, riders may slip or fall. If the escalator does not move smoothly, people could be shaken off balance. Both components are checked for issues such as corrosion and wear and tear.

Hand Rail Systems and Safety Devices

The hand rail systems move independently of the steps. The inspector will check their smoothness, speed, and heat level. The inspector will also test the escalator’s safety devices, such as whether or not the emergency stop works and if it will stop in the event that an item gets caught at the top or bottom of the steps or between two steps.

Fire Protection and Smoke Alarm Settings

The escalator’s operations should be tied into a building’s fire and smoke alarms. The inspector will test to ensure that when the fire alarm is pulled, the escalator’s motor stops. This ensures that in the event of a fire, the escalator would remain still and could be used as stairs. Disengaging the motor during a fire also reduces the risk of people getting burned while on the escalator. The escalator will also be tested to ensure that it stops when the smoke alarms sound.