MTR announces door chimes promote Train Door Safety for the Elderly

MTR announces door chimes promote Train Door Safety for the Elderly

The special train ride and visit to Sky 100 was part of the 17th annual Elderly Programme jointly organised by the MTR Corporation and RTHK Radio 5 to promote safe behaviour on
the railway to senior citizens.
The day started at MTR Tsing Yi Station where the important train door safety tip “Stop when you hear the door chimes! You can make it a safe journey” was emphasized to the elderly participants. And then they were off to Kowloon Station, the foundation for the 118-storey ICC Tower, the tallest building in Hong Kong.

“Elderly passengers being nipped by the train doors while boarding or alighting are the most common type of train door accidents,” said Mr Ivan Lai, Head of Operating of the MTR Corporation at the Programme’s kick off ceremony.

For the first nine months of 2011, the Corporation recorded 217 cases of train door accidents, up 11.9 per cent compared to the same period last year. Of the 217 cases, 47 involved the elderly. This represent a 23.7 per cent increase when compared to the same period in 2010.
“To prevent such accidents, elderly passengers are reminded to stop on the platform when they hear the door chimes and wait for the next train. They should also prepare ahead to alight at their destination station, and should not try to leave the train when the door chimes are sounding.”
In a continuing effort to raise public awareness on train door safety, Stop signs are being introduced in the coming months to selected Light Rail stops. An additional 60 whistles and 30 Stop signs will be used at selected MTR stations to strengthen the promotion.

SmileyWorld® characters will also be featured on posters, and colourful stickers on train doors, Automatic Platform Gates and Platform Screen Doors to remind passengers to stop at the sound of the door chimes.

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