Parents buy rubber clogs for their kids for their flexibility and grip; kids love them for their comfort and fun colors. However, reports of rubber clogs-related accidents about children getting their toes stuck in escalators alarmed parents from all over.
A CNN report said that most serious injuries involve children as young as age 2, while injuries range from shoes getting stuck to toenails being ripped off-even toes being amputated. The clogs are said to be stuck either in between the cracks at the sides, the teeth at the top or bottom of the escalator, or in between the teeth of the steps.
The most popular brand of rubber clogs in the country, Crocs, asserts though that Crocs are very safe and that elevator safety is the core issue.
Truth is, these escalator accidents are not limited to Crocs. Any soft and pliable shoe or sandal (including flip-flops) can pose a risk while on an escalator.
In fact, even a piece of clothing such as a skirt or shoelace can be caught in an escalator. The important thing is to teach children and adults proper escalator use.