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Tips on subway safety

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a commuter who is on the subway or a visitor to New York City for the first time, subway safety is important. Following safety tips can help prevent injuries while entering, exiting or riding the subway. Here are some tips to help subway riders:

— Don’t rush. While you may be running late for work, a slip and fall on the subway can end up costing you much more than a few minutes’ pay. If you stand near the center of the subway platform, you will still be able to board the subway car without rushing.

— Stand away from the edge of the platform. In 2012, 55 people were killed when they were struck by subway trains. Don’t stand on or near the yellow stripe at the platform’s edge.

— If you drop something onto the tracks, do not try to retrieve it. Notify station or train personnel or a police officer. You can also use the intercom for customer assistance.

— The emergency cord inside the cars is there to prevent an injury or accident. For example, should someone become stuck in the doors, pull the cord. However, if someone becomes ill on the ride, don’t pull the cord. The train will stop and medical personnel will be able to help the ill individual.

— Always hold on when standing and riding the subway. Failure to do so can result in serious injuries — not only to yourself, but to other riders.

If you are injured in an accident on a subway that isn’t your fault, you may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault party. An attorney can provide you with more information.

Source: MTA, “Riding Safely,” accessed Sep. 25, 2015

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