Mum’s escalator safety reminder as her little girl’s shoe gets trapped

It could have been so much worse if it hadn't been for a stranger's quick thinking... ?


Whoa – there’s some pretty heavy duty damage to that shoe, right?


We can only imagine how mum Emily Barrett from Peterborough and her 3-year-old daughter Evie were feeling when the toddler’s foot got stuck in the escalator’s churning mechanism at the bottom.

Luckily, a passer-by saw what was going on and pressed the emergency stop button before any more serious damage was done. (Evie had a swollen toe but didn’t need to go to hospital.)

Phew ?

But, since it happened, in Queensgate shopping centre, Emily’s said she’s had chance to stop and think about the incident.

She told The Mirror:

“I was panicking when I saw she was trapped. It could have been so much worse.

“Thankfully somebody stopped it just before it was about to get to her toes. It all happened so quickly.

“I don’t know if her foot was too close to the edge, but I do not think it should have got stuck.

“She’s fine now but it was stressful and traumatic for us both.

“I managed to get the shoe off her and her toe was a bit swollen, but we did not have to go to hospital.

“She was more distressed than anything. I was imagining she was losing her toes. I do not think she will go on an escalator any time soon.”

Gosh, we don’t blame you Evie…

Emily says Evie was being as “good as gold” on the escalator – so we’re guessing the shoe just got that bit too close to the stair’s mechanism, which we guess could happen to anyone.

One of our mums here at MFM says one of her teenage nephews is scared of escalators after a near-fall when he was 4.

This has meant they’ve become one of her biggest stress points when taking her daughter out and that she’s super-vigilant about all she does when going up and down the moving stairs – just in case of a nasty stumble or catching a shoe or some other item of clothing in them. 

This story is certainly a good reminder to be extra careful – thanks for sharing, Emily, and Evie – we’re so glad you’re OK ?

What do you think?

Have you ever had an accident or near-miss on an escalator with your little one? Do you avoid them?

Or do you think they’re fine as long as you’re careful? Tell us in the comments below or over on Facebook.

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