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The so-called base brushes are a safety measure.

Hand on heart: If no one is looking, you have already held your shoes to the Bürsteli on the escalator. But what is the real purpose of these brushes? «Espresso Aha!» asks the Swiss elevator and escalator manufacturer Schindler in Ebikon (LU). "The so-called base brush prevents the escalator user from standing too close to the base," says the media office. So it is a security measure. Because "between the moving step and the rigid base there is a small risk of being drawn in, whereby the gap is minimal".

But Schindler also knows that the brushes are often "misused": "We keep observing that escalator users use the base brush as a shoe cleaning device, which of course it is not."

Standard prescribes brushing

Base brushes have been mandatory in Europe for new and replacement systems since 2004. This is regulated in the DIN EN 115 standard, the link opens in a new window. According to Schindler Switzerland, retrofitting is recommended for systems built before 2004. In many cases this has already happened.

The DIN EN 115 standard on the “safety of escalators and moving walks” prescribes numerous other properties for escalators. For example, the grooved steps are no coincidence either. They should make a step as non-slip as possible: “This is especially important for escalators outdoors in cold temperatures,” says Schindler Switzerland. For example, the grooves prevent black ice. "In addition, the grooves collect pebbles that would otherwise lie loosely on the steps."

Handrail is faster than the stairs

Some have also noticed that the handrail of an escalator sometimes runs much faster than the steps. This is not an assembly mistake: "The handrail on escalators is deliberately set so that it runs faster than the steps." This is to prevent people who have poor footing, for example, and who have to hold on to the handrail, from getting on their backs and falling backwards.

And why don't you just let the handrail and steps run at the same speed? According to Schindler, escalators are programmed in such a way “that they stop immediately if the handrail runs even a little slower”. If the handrail and the steps were the same speed, the stairs would turn off again and again with the slightest fluctuation.

Maximum 0.75 meters per second

Speaking of speed: escalator operators cannot set these at will either. A maximum speed of 0.75 meters per second (corresponds to 2.7 km / h) is specified in the various standards around the world. But that is often not exhausted: "Normally the escalators travel at 0.5 meters per second."

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